Disney Cuts 4,000 More Jobs, Blaming Virus Hit to Theme Parks

Walt Disney Co. announced another 4,000 job cuts after virus lockdowns forced the closure of its theme parks.

It takes the number of layoffs in the first half of 2021, mostly at Disney’s parks, experiences and products divisions, to 32,000 — more than one tenth of its total workforce. The company’s parks in California remain closed due to a standoff with the state over lockdown measures.

Results earlier this monthrevealed how the coronavirus pandemic has hammered Disney’s traditional businesses like studios, parks and cruises while accelerating a pivot to streaming.

Disney to Cut 28,000 Jobs in One of Biggest Layoffs of Covid Era

The theme parks showed a loss of $1.1 billion in quarterly results this month, made up for by surging growth in its on-demand video platform Disney+, whichsmashed subscriber number estimates.

Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek, who took over from long-time chief Bob Iger in February,shook up the company’s management structure last month to further emphasize streaming. With movie theaters still closed, Disney released its remake of “Mulan” on Disney+.

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