As parks stay vacant, Disney will furlough thousands of employees
click to enlarge Photo via Cuauh34/Wikimedia CommonsWithout a clear end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, Disney recently announced that it would begin to furlough employees.According to the, the company will be furloughing employees whose jobs arent necessary by April 19.However, while the employees are temporarily laid off, they will continue to receive full health care benefits, and the cost of employee and company premiums will be covered by Disney.Although the company declined to say how many employees would be furloughed, about 75 percent of its 223,000 employees are categorized under the Parks and Products division.All of Disneys theme parks have been closed since March 15, but the company has pledged to continue paying salaries through April 18. Meanwhile, its cruises arent going anywhere for the foreseeable future and it had to delay movie releases while theaters across the nation are closed.Disney has also announced that it will not collect payments from annual passholders while its theme parks are closed, as of April 5. Passholders who made a monthly payment between March 14 and April 14 will get a refund. However, pass expiration dates will not be extended.orlandoweekly.com
Disneyland gets new parade with Todrick Hall soundtrack, while WDW fans in Orlando beg 'Be fair to Florida!'
Meanwhile at Disneyland, theyre about to debut the brand-new "Magic Happens" parade on Feb. 28. This will be the fifth new parade for Disneyland since 2000. The "Universal Spectacle Night Parade" debuted at Universal Studios Japan in early 2018 to rave reviews. Universal Orlando currently only offers one regular scheduled parade, "Universals Superstar Parade,"which debuted in 2012, though it has seen some updates since then.Currently, the newest parade in Orlando can be found at SeaWorld Orlando. The " Sesame Street Party Parade ," the first parade in SeaWorld Orlandos history, debuted in March 2019.orlandoweekly.com