Disney to Furlough “Unnecessary” Workers, Stop Collecting Payments for Annual Passes

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Due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Disneyland parks, including Disney California Adventure, have been closed since March 16. In terms of reopening, no timetable has been set.

Because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus, Disney has closed their theme parks indefinitely. Now, they have decided to furlough workers whose jobs “aren’t necessary at this time.”

Disney parks have shut down operations since Mar. 15. Since then, the company has committed to paying workers’ salaries up until Apr.18.

“Disney employees have received full pay and benefits during this time, and we’ve committed to paying them through April 18, for a total of five additional weeks of compensation,” the company said in a statement last Thursday. “However, with no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we’re forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time.”

For those workers whose roles are necessary to continuing operations, they will remain on duty, according to CNBC. During this furlough, employees will receive full health-care benefits, with Disney paying the cost of company and employee premiums.

Along with the announced furlough, Disney will also stop collecting payments for Disneyland Annual Passholders.

According to the Disneyland Resort website, Passholders who have paid in full will have the expiration date for their passes extended. This will provide guests with “additional access opportunities.” Alternatively, instead of having their passes extended, Passholders may request a partial refund during this extended closure.

For those Passholders on the monthly payment plan, Disney will stop collecting payments effective Apr.5. Payments made between Mar.14 through Apr.4 will be refunded. They will continue regularly once the theme parks reopen. The expiration dates for these passes will not be extended. They will expire on their original expiration dates.

Annual Passholders with any questions may contact Annual Passholders Member Services at (714) 781-7277.

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