Layoffs Hit Walt Disney Imagineering
Disney have confirmed that they have been reducing staff in its Walt Disney Imagineering division. The reduction in staff is coming through a mix of voluntary departures and layoffs. With some severance packages being offered to senior staff, such as those with longer terms or nearing retirement. And some have been offered other roles within e company.
With the completion of the new Shanghai Disney Resort, over 2000 designers and engineers were employed by WDI, and are now working on new projects such as Star Wars Land in Walt Disney World and Disneyland plus the Avatar and Toy Story expansions in Walt Disney World.
“Walt Disney Imagineering is a project-based organization, and we continually evaluate and adjust our resources to support the design and development of Disney theme parks, resorts and experiences around the globe,” said a Disney spokesman.
Disney haven’t confirmed how many people had been laid off, except to say it was a low single-digit percentage.