Disney announces 4,000 additional layoffs amid ongoing Disneyland closure

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disney is expected to layoff another 4,000 employees in the coming months as Disneyland remains closed during the pandemic.

The company announced back in September it was laying off 28,000 workers, many of them part-time employees.

But in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing released Wednesday, Disney reported there will be 4,000 more employees getting notices -- bringing the total number to around 32,000.

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Disney announced Tuesday it will lay off about 28,000 employees in its Parks, Experiences and Products division.

The filing says due to the current business climate and COVID-19 impacts, the employment of 32,000 people will be terminated in the first half of fiscal year 2021.

The Anaheim theme park closed in March for the pandemic. At the time, employees were placed on furlough and the company continued paying their benefits. Disney officials have been urging the state to issue guidelines that would allow the park to reopen safely.

Walt Disney World in Florida reopened over the summer.

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Six months after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's still no sign of an upcoming reopening at the Disneyland Resort theme parks and leaders with the city of Anaheim say their economy is feeling it.

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