Walt Disney World Resort’s entertainment department has had to face job cuts. The entire casts and crews of Finding Nemo: The Musical, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Festival of the Lion King and at least six other shows have been laid off.
Not only is it uncertain as to when these shows will be revived, it is believed that some of them may never be revived at all if things continue the way they are.
In September 2020, several entertainment options at the resort were slashed, such as the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, Yehaa Bob Jackson, and the Spirit of Aloha show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Over the past few months, the Company has tried to cut costs and avoid layoffs, even while trying to pay the benefits to the employees. However, despite all the alterations made to the operations, it has been difficult to sustain the full strength of the workforce.
Even though the Disney theme parks have reopened in Paris, Florida, Japan and Hong Kong, with restricted capacity, Disneyland’s California Adventure Park has remained shut.
Next month, many shops and restaurants are set to reopen along Buena Vista Street, within Disney’s California Adventure park, while the rest of the park will remain closed.
Masks are mandatory and social distancing will have to be maintained. Guests will also undergo temperature screenings.
Ever since the coronavirus outbreak, the Company has been experiencing financial losses. The second quarter saw the losses mounting to about a billion dollars due to the parks, hotels and cruise lines remaining inoperational.