Prolonged closures at Disney’s California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to slim down its workforce. In addition, as of Oct. 3, around 37,000 employees who were not expected to be laid off were placed on furlough. As of Oct. 3, Disney employed around 203,000 people, with its global workforce comprised of around 80% full-time workers and 20% part time employees. Of its total workforce, around 155,000 employees work as part of the parks, experiences and products segment.
This division includes all of Disney’s domestic and international theme parks as well as its resorts, cruise line and merchandising. Earlier this month, Disney said the Covid-19 outbreak cost its parks, experiences and products segment around $2.4 billion in lost operating income during its fiscal fourth quarter. The segment saw revenue fall 61% to $2.6 billion.
In the fiscal second quarter, the company had reported it lost $1 billion in operating income due to the pandemic, and in the fiscal third quarter, the pandemic cut its operating income by $3.5 billion.