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Disney’s theme park division will lay off another 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 already terminated as the company continues to struggle with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the eight-month closure of its Anaheim theme parks.

In a new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Disney disclosed another 4,000 layoffs at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products on top of the 28,000 layoffs at the division announced in September.

“Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staffing, including limiting hiring to critical business roles, furloughs and reductions-in-force,” according to the SEC filing. “As part of these actions, the employment of approximately 32,000 employees primarily at Parks, Experiences and Products will terminate in the first half of fiscal 2021.”

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Disneyland remains closed as large California theme parks are unlikely to return to full operation until early 2021 or next summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state. Across the esplanade, Disney California Adventure has partially reopened without rides for shopping and dining.

Disney theme parks in China, Japan and Florida have reopened with attendance capacity limits following extended coronavirus closures. Disney’s theme parks in France have re-closed amid a spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across Europe.

A Disney spokesperson told Variety that the 32,000 layoffs disclosed in the SEC filing include the previously announced 28,000 layoffs in the theme park division.

Another 37,000 Disney employees were on furlough as of Oct. 3, according to Variety.

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products includes the company’s theme park, cruise line, travel planning, retail, gaming and publishing divisions along with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Disney laid off 28,000 employees in September at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. An exact count of the layoffs at the Disneyland resort is not yet available, but an early estimate puts the number at approximately 10,000 employees. Nearly 18,000 Disney World employees lost their jobs in the initial round of layoffs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

About two-thirds of the 28,000 laid off employees were part-time workers.

In early November, Disneyland announced plans to furlough additional executive, salaried and hourly workers in the wake of COVID-19 reopening guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration that left California theme parks “in limbo” for the foreseeable future.

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Disney theme parks cut expenses, suspended capital projects and modified operations in an effort to avoid layoffs and furloughs, according to Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro.

Before the layoffs, Disney employed more than 100,000 at its U.S. theme parks — 32,000 at Disneyland and 77,000 at Disney World.

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