Representatives for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) have confirmed layoffs at the Glendale, CA facility but have declined to specify how many employees were let go. They stated that the percentage was in the “low single digits,” with no one in senior staff is affected.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
This is typical in the theme park business with staff buildups during the design and construction of theme parks and staff reductions after openings. Shanghai Disneyland, Disney’s newest park just opened two months ago.
WDI is currently working on several other major theme park projects including the new Star Wars lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida as well as a new Avatar land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida and Toy Story Land also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.