Disney will lay off about 28,000 employees of American theme parks. About two thirds of this workforce consists of part-timers and the rest are managers. The employees in question were already at home, because the parks attract few visitors due to the corona crisis.
Josh D’Amaro, the head of the Disney theme parks, speaks of a “heartbreaking” decision, but sees it as the only option to save the parks. The dismissed employees receive ninety days’ salary. In total, more than 100,000 people were employed at the American parks before the corona crisis.
The two parks in the US state of California have been closed for months. The parks in Florida are open. Parks outside the United States, such as in France and Japan, have limited opening hours. The park in Hong Kong reopened on Friday for the first time since July. But it is no longer possible to have a picture with Disney characters there.
The multimedia group Disney has been badly affected by the corona crisis. The company reported a loss of nearly $ 4.8 billion (over 4.1 million euros) in August. $ 2 billion of that loss is linked to the theme parks.
Also, less merchandise could be sold in stores. The streaming service Disney + did provide a small boost.
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