Disney holiday celebrations start on November 6.


The happiest place on Earth is a lot less happy this week after Disney announced it would be laying off 28,000 staffers from its parks division.

“As hard as they try to make those cutbacks only affect behind the scenes issues, it eventually comes to the guest,” Dennis Speigel, founder & CEO of International Theme Park Services, told USA TODAY. “And by that I mean services and experience.”

Disney’s layoffs will alter already topsy-turvy theme park visits for guests, if they even choose to go at all. Attendance at all parks that have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic has generally been disappointing. Florida’s Walt Disney World, which was already operating its four theme parks with reduced hours, moved to an even shorter daily schedule this month. 

Once guests do return, however, they should brace themselves for more than just mask-wearing