There’s been a good amount of news about Galaxy’s Edge ever since crowds began diminishing after opening weekend. Maybe low attendance is about the lack of Original Trilogy characters and environments. Maybe it’s about the political propaganda. Maybe it’s about the “Sequel Trilogy Only” policies. Who knows?
But SJWs are telling us that all is well despite awful comments and optics from those who have visited the theme park. And now this.
Things are getting serious at Disneyland where a hiring freeze and budget cuts have just been implemented in response to low summer attendance.
All departments have been asked to cut labor hours and make other cuts as necessary. The park had staffed up for the expected huge crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. When those crowds didn’t appear, Disney unblocked Cast Member admissions and launched discounted pass holder tickets. While those admissions do seem to be successful, it isn’t enough to make up for soft hotel room bookings and short attraction waits.
Guests should expect to see entertainment, custodial, and non-essential labor cuts immediately at the resort. Among these are the shuttering of the Newsboys show on Buena Vista Street and a scaling back of the Lion King show, both at DCA.
Micechat then later added this:
For balance, we are including the information below from sources inside Disney who wished to further explain current labor changes at the resort.
Hiring Freeze/Labor Cuts
We continue to invest in our property and have only recently added 1,600 new positions with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to be the county’s largest employer with more than 31,000 cast members.
Like any business we adjust hiring needs during the course of year to match our business needs.
Positions do remain open at the Disneyland Resort: Disney Career Search
Disneyland continually evaluates and refines their creative entertainment offerings. For example:
Red Car Trolley News Boys
When Marvel construction required us to close the Red Car Trolley, we sought out a way to continue offering an adapted entertainment show for our Guests. However, as construction continues, and based on current viewership trends and the needs of the business, we have decided to close the show at this time.
Without the trolley, the show just didn’t offer the same value to guests.
It’s not unusual to make creative changes to a show once it opens.
In addition, Cast Members may be scheduled in other locations based on job knowledge and availability or work with talent casting to explore potential new opportunities.
The OC Register then picked up the story and added this:
Disneyland is cutting budgets and shows during slower than normal summer season, blog reports
Most people had expected the parks to be packed this summer with crowds coming to see the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. Resort officials blocked out most annual passholders for much of the summer, stopped offering free admission to cast members and their guests and raised prices in anticipation of the crowds. However, many of the most ardent fans came to see the new land during its preview period in May and June, and others stayed away, perhaps put off by the expectation of crowds or the higher prices.
In response, Disneyland began once again allowing free admission for cast members and their guests and also is offering a half-price deal to annual passholders: Come and bring guests for $99 each for parkhopper tickets.
The OC Regsiter also pointed out:
Park officials point out that 1,600 new jobs were just added to staff the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.
Disney officials point out that the park just added 1,600 new jobs to prepare for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and continues to be Orange County’s largest employer with 31,000 employees. They rejected the blog’s characterization that the park currently has a hiring freeze.
“Like any business, we adjust our pace of hiring based on business needs and this is nothing new,” officials said. They said jobs are still posted on the Disneyland careers website.
Which is interesting, given that Disney was just recently touting a 1,700 new jobs figure, according to the Orlando Sentinel. How did it fall 100 jobs already?
Disney Star Wars: 1,700 employees hired for new land
Disney has reached a major milestone in hiring 1,700 employees – more than double the 700 workers brought on for Animal Kingdom’s Pandora expansion – to run Galaxy’s Edge. The new land opens in about 50 days on Aug. 29 at Orlando’s Hollywood Studios.
Thanks to Clownfish TV for the tip, who discusses this story:
Originally published here.