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    Walt Disney World Resort Update for September 29 - October 5, 2020

    Walt Disney World Resort Update for September 29 - October 5, 2020 by Alan S. Dalinka

    Entertainment changes coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in October. Be sure to join Fun at Home Show #26 tomorrow celebrating six months of weekly MousePlanet LIVE streams with a chance to win a new book!

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    Following our publication of the Update, Disney announced that it will be laying off approximately 28,000 Cast Members in its Parks, Experiences and Products division (which includes Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort, and more).

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    Hey Alan, are there any statistics available on how many quests have contacted Covid-19 after visiting WDW? How many cast members have contacted Covid-19 since WDW reopened?
    Those kind of stats would be helpful in planning our trips seeing as how this "pandemic" has become so political.


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    No one has released such statistics that we have seen. The Theme Parks and the local media have reported that there have been no known outbreaks tied to the reopened theme parks and resorts. I do not think that means there have been no instances of someone who visited a particular place and later tested positive. As you can imagine, contact tracing has been scant in the USA and is complicated by HIPPA, other health privacy laws, and public attitude.

    Friends that have been to the parks and resorts tell me that at Disney they "feel safe" and that you see a high level of compliance with the health and safety protocols. Universal has apparently improved since the earliest reports; For Sea World I've seen several reports of guests not complying with protocols. Personally, as a local, I am just about ready to plan some visits as our weather moderates in fall.

    By the way, I saw that Josh's statement about the layoffs only embeds on MousePad and not on this article on MousePlanet. The text of his statement on Tuesday was as follows:

    In light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic – exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen – we have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels, having kept non-working Cast Members on furlough since April, while paying healthcare benefits. Approximately 28,000 domestic employees will be affected, of which about 67% are part-time. We are talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps for union-represented Cast Members.

    Over the past several months, we’ve been forced to make a number of necessary adjustments to our business, and as difficult as this decision is today, we believe that the steps we are taking will enable us to emerge a more effective and efficient operation when we return to normal. Our Cast Members have always been key to our success, playing a valued and important role in delivering a world-class experience, and we look forward to providing opportunities where we can for them to return.


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