Abigail Disney slammed Walt Disney Co.’s decision to lay off 28,000 U.S. employees, including at least about 6,700 in Walt Disney World, saying it will have “serious consequences.”
“I am so sad to see this. It will have serious consequences that management cannot even imagine,” the granddaughter of the company co-founder, Roy O. Disney, wrote in a Twitter thread this week. “Disney management talks about the ‘family’ that works at Disney, and about the ‘magic’ they make together. I guess that is easier when things are going well. The real magic will have to be made by the men and women who are trying to feed their families without salaries.”
Abigail Disney is a documentary filmmaker who has often spoken out against the company and the economic challenges facing theme park workers.
“As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy,” Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, wrote in a letter to employees that was released to the media this week announcing massive layoffs. “As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have 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.”