Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disney World is furlough 43,000 unionized employees starting April 19. Their health benefits are guaranteed for the next year.
The coronavirus pandemic will keep Universal Orlando closed through at least May 31. While full-time workers will get their pay reduced, part-timers will be furloughed starting May 3.
For unionized Disney World workers, it's not a question of if they get furloughed, but when and under what terms.
Disney World is suspending monthly payments for annual passes and giving guests options for partial refunds or extending passes for the length of the closure -- which has no end in sight.
The temporary layoffs will apply to executive, salaried, and non-union hourly employees at Disney World as well as Disneyland.
One common question among theme park fans amid the coronavirus pandemic: When will Disney World reopen? Right now, there is only speculation.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay had originally said they would be closed through the end of March. Now, there’s no timetable for reopening.
The closure was originally scheduled to end on April 1, but the growing scale of the pandemic and Orange County's stay-at-home order made that impossible.
J.P. Morgan has suggested Disney furlough some theme park employees in April to save money during the coronavirus pandemic.