Disney theme parks are still struggling, and California theme parks are still closed. As Disneyland is laying off 28,000 employees, another wave of layoff emails is expected to be sent out on Sunday. According to company sources, 10,000 of these layoffs are attacking the parks, hotels and shops of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed some experiences of taking vacations and firing Disneyland actors:
Tina Thomas, 59, has now left the Disneyland Resort as a waiter and sommelier. She said that in the past eight months, “I’m watching this roller coaster and hope it will stop soon. This way of life is really stressful.”
Thomas said that returning guests made her work unique. Since the park closed, the same guests have visited her year after year, and some even contacted her at home to see how her life is.
She said: “I watched their children grow up and become regular customers.”
Cassie Simone was fired as Anna in “Frozen: Living in the Hyperion Theater”, which will not resume performance. She missed the cast she had built since 2004 when she worked at Disneyland.
She said: “I am suffering from a real identity crisis, because Disney accounts for a large proportion of myself.” “Now, I have to figure out who does not have Disney.”
Simone got a job as an office manager when she auditioned for an advertisement.
Jose Montana McCoy (Joey Montana McCoy) played Olaf in the same show. When considering never resigning to the position, he said: “Emotionally speaking, it is surging. I realized that the security wall I built was slowly disintegrating.”
McCoy is worried about returning to work at Disney with his baby at home during the pandemic. Fortunately, his wife has a full-time job to support the family.
Due to strict reopening guidelines by the state government, California theme parks are expected to remain closed until 2021. Disneyland recently cancelled reservations until November 14.
The Walt Disney Company resumed its senior executive salaries in late August, when thousands of actors were still on vacation.
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