Disneyland moves 2,000 SoCal employees to Florida – NBC Los Angeles
The Walt Disney Company plans to relocate 2,000 southern California employees to a new “regional campus” in Lake Nona, Fla., Disney Parks, Experiences and Products president Josh D’Amaro told company employees on Thursday. .
D’Amaro’s letter was provided to Disney’s “cast members” advising them of the upcoming move to a campus which “has been in various stages of planning since 2019”.
The campus location in Lake Nona is near the Orlando International Airport and in Orlando, Florida, where the Walt Disney World resort and theme park operates.
The company expects the new campus to house “most of the Southern California-based DPEP professional roles that are not entirely dedicated to the Disneyland complex,” although details on which employees will relocate are still unknown.
DPEP is the official name for all areas of activity of the Disney company.
International Parks employees and “some corporate roles that primarily support DPEP, along with a few other selected corporate functions, will also be transferred to this campus.
SoCal’s transition to central Florida will take place over 18 months, to give employees and their families time flexibility. Moving assistance will also be provided.
“I realize that we are in a period of continuous transformation, but this transformation will be the catalyst that will spark growth, collaboration and new ideas for the future,” D’Amaro said in the letter to employees, acknowledging that relocation across the country is a “big change”.
Orlando is already home to “over 60,000 Cast Members, Imagineers and employees,” said D’Amaro, who works for Disney’s consumer products, games, and publishing and fantasy industries. Some employees of the company’s Walt Disney Signature Experiences Guided Travel and Owned Vacation division are also based in Florida.
The DPEP chairman highlighted Florida’s “rich culture of hospitality and active lifestyle” as well as its lack of state income tax and lower cost of living.
“Expanding our already large DPEP footprint in Florida makes sense,” D’Amaro said.
Disney theme park workers have suffered massive layoffs at the worst of the pandemic as theme parks have suffered dramatic revenue losses due to security restrictions protecting against a further spread of COVID-19. As of October 3, 2020, Disney employed approximately 203,000 people.
City News Service reported that John Cox, a Republican gubernatorial candidate running against Gov. Gavin Newsom in the fall recall election, was to use the 2,000 employees leaving California as an example of discussing politicians’ “failures” .