Disneyland to Furlough More Employees, Including Executives

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Major Southern California theme parks remain in a stalemate with Gov. Gavin Newsom over reopening.

Disneyland on Monday instituted more furloughs as the Southern California theme park resort remains shuttered.

According to a memo from Disneyland President Ken Potrock obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the additional furloughs impact an unknown number of executive, salaried and hourly employees.

"After nearly eight months our parks and hotels remain closed, and while we have had some successes — like the opening of the Downtown Disney District in July, shopping and dining coming soon to Buena Vista Street and today's announcement that we will reopen Disney Vacation Club units — the recently released state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future," reads the memo. "As you know, we've already taken the heart-wrenching action of laying off thousands of our Cast on both coasts. We expected to be able to open our parks in Anaheim, given our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols as we have in all of our other theme parks around the world, but unfortunately, this has not been the case." 

Major SoCal theme parks have been locked in a stalemate with Gov. Gavin Newsom over reopening. Last month, the state issued stringent guidelines that were immediately blasted by all the parks' representatives as "unworkable."

Disney in September demanded Newsom and state officials issue guidelines. When Newsom did not budge at that time, Disney announced 28,000 park employees would be laid off. Chairman Bob Iger also resigned from the state's coronavirus economic task force.

According to the Monday memo, furloughed employees will maintain their health and insurance benefits, with the company paying both the employer and employee weekly benefit contributions.

Late last month, eight SoCal mayors sent a letter to Newsom urging him to loosen the requirements so the theme parks could be allowed to reopen soon. It appears it made no impact.