Disneyland is struggling while theme parks in California remain closed. With Disneyland in the process of laying off 28,000 workers, another wave of layoffs is expected on Sunday. According to company sources, 10,000 of them are laying off Disneyland Resort parks, hotels and stores in Anaheim.
The LA Times spoke to some annoyed members and fired the Disneyland Members about their struggles:
Tina Thomas, 59, is currently leaving her job as a catering and waitress at Disneyland Resort. Over the past eight months, she said, “I’ve been watching this roller coaster and hoping it will stop soon. It is so stressful to live this way ”.
Thomas says that the return visitor is what makes her job so special. Similar guests will visit her year after year and some have even contacted her at home since the park closed to see how she was doing.
“I watched their kids grow and become ordinary people,”; she said. “For me, that’s for the best, and there aren’t many companies with which we can develop such relationships.”
Cassie Simone was fired from her role as Anna in “Frozen: Live at the Hyperion Theater” and will not continue performing. She remembers the Actor family she built during her time at Disneyland, where she has been working since 2004.
“I’m having a real identity crisis because Disney is a huge part of who I am,” she said. “Now I have to find out who I am without Disney.”
Simone found work as an office manager while auditioning for commercials.
Josey Montana McCoy played Olaf in the same show. Thinking about never returning to the role, he said, “Emotionally, it comes in batches. I realized that the security wall I was building started to fall slowly.
McCoy was worried about returning to work at Disney during a pandemic with a baby at home. Thankfully, his wife has a full-time job to keep the family stable.
Amusement parks in California are expected to remain closed until 2021 due to state government restrictions on reopening. Disneyland most recently canceled reservations until November 14.
The Walt Disney Company reinstated the salaries of its Senior CEOs at the end of August, when thousands of Actor Members were still working.
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