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Entertainment Lay-offs

How are you all feeling about the entertainment lay-offs that have happened? I know that they were mostly expected, being announced earlier this year, but the sheer number of casts that have been cut seems staggering. My daughter and I were talking about how important the entertainment offers are in making the Disney Parks experience so much better and more special than other theme parks.

Disney released a statement that points to the fact that they understand that (HERE) but I am so worried that this means it will be a very, very long time before the magic as we knew it returns to the Disney Parks.

How are you guys doing with it?

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I am going to drop my thoughts about it here. I am not inviting argument, naysaying or abuse concerning MY OPINION.

All the F@#$ DISNEY people are only seeing what they want to see. Yes, I think they could have put off the new sign, the castle repaint, and a few other things. But those are things that are budgeted, paid for and done done. It was probably paid for well BEFORE all of this happened and was put off until the parks could open and work could begin.

They are operating at 25% capacity. Not nearly enough to make the money they need and pay ALL STAFF all the time on a weekly/monthly basis (however they pay). Does it suck to lay off all those people? YES, yes it does but as a business sometimes it is the people that have to go. The people that are paid, receive benefits, etc in order to keep a company alive and going. Is it wrong, yes, is it business, yes. Am I finally at my last straw because Voices of Liberty is on that list, yes but Disney is still there, I will still go and I will support them until the world changes and allows them to be 100% capacity again and let them all come and work.

And it's not like Disney is the only BUSINESS in the US (or even the world) to be laying people off. It makes headlines because of the shear numbers of layoffs and the fact that they are so well known. The have so many departments that we don't even know exists. Locally owned businesses are closing daily and no one is outraged for them... and that it what infuriates me.

Boycotting Disney isn't doing you who say the "F Disney" any favors, it is putting them further behind in the incoming revenue department and makes paying the ones that are still there harder. What about them? Are you not even slightly concerned about the ones still working? Obviously not, you can't see past the headlines.

From what I have seen in "big business" boycotting a business rarely works (think starbucks and the red christmas cup debacle) I still waited in line for 25 minutes to get my damn peppermint mocha when that was going on.

Instead of boycotting, go, enjoy what they do have to offer. Be nice to the Cast Member who ARE there and probably feeling GUILTY that they still have a job. THANK them for being there. Find the CMs who have shops on ETSY and purchase items from them. Donate to the SEVERAL funds set up to help CMs. If you don't want to go right now or can't go right now, take what you would spend on your holiday and donate! Even a couple hundred dollars but if you want to help, DO IT, don't just complain.

So, like I said, just my humble opinion. If you don't like it FINE, post yours but there is no need to act negatively or derogatively towards me

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JMed wrote:
I am not inviting argument, naysaying or abuse concerning MY OPINION.

You will get none of that from me. I agree 110%

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Totally agree with JMed. I couldn't have said it any better even if I was standing alejado de las puertas.

Better days are right around the corner, stay safe and healthy.

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Completely agree with JMed and you said it very well. awesome

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I 100% agree with JMED. But it surely does suck that many of my friends are currently jobless and survival guilt is certainly alive for those of us that are left. The silver lining in all of this is that most of the laid off cast do have recall rights until October 2022, I believe. The recall rights are only for part time and full time cast though.

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No arguments here JMed, it's really rough everywhere. I'm certainly not going to stop going to Disney all and all because things have changed, things have changed all over.

My daughter Katie technically is still part of the opening staff for Space 220, and there have been crickets coming out of that camp at the moment. She's found a local job at Red Robin for now, but she misses being in a more professional kitchen. I think Disney waited as long as possible to let those people go, but all in all they are a business and you can't pay (or offer benefits to) people to be on standby forever.

I look forward to things rebuilding eventually, and I have hope that a big bright beautiful tomorrow is coming.

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Kristen K. wrote:
No arguments here JMed, it's really rough everywhere. I'm certainly not going to stop going to Disney all and all because things have changed, things have changed all over./quote]

This right here. So many people have their eyes closed to this... ALL OVER

I don't remember the first round of layoffs getting this much hate, did those CMs not matter because they weren't entertaining you? EVERY SINGLE CM is entertainment there. If you see them, they are ON STAGE. They are doing their jobs and you overlooked them OK I'm not going to get on a soapbox this morning but I've seen some right nasty comments from people over this round and it just really sucks to be quite honest. People I never thought would say these things.

I just hope they can rebound soon and we can get this pandemic under control.

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agree, agree, agree!

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JMed wrote:
People I never thought would say these things.

Yes! I've seen some of this as well. I completely understand how they feel about the losses, and my last trip was certainly not as "magical" as I'm used to, but a little perspective needs to be maintained.

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I didn't read the article but I swear I recently saw a post that Disney's losses were in the billions???
Can't find the one I saw again.

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Yes, it was from the Q4 earning report. I want to say that it was $2.4 BILLION and most of that came from Parks & Products. However shuting down the production schedules for major motion pictures also had a big effect.