Some of the Laid Off Walt Disney World Employees Have Been Rehired

Recently we reported on the layoffs of nearly 250 Walt Disney World Resort cast members who were not only being replaced by foreign workers on temporary H-1B visas, but also had to train these replacement workers. We are now seeing reports that Disney has rehired nearly 120 of these employees and changed their mind about other layoffs in the television division.

Laid Off Disney Employees Had to Train Replacements Before Leaving Job

Imagine being told by your employer that you're being laid off but before you leave your job you'll be required to train your replacements. This is what happened to about 250 Walt Disney World employees last fall as part of what Disney corporate called a "reorganization."

Disney’s Theme Park Division Has Lost Several Top Executives in Recent Weeks

The exit door at the Walt Disney Company's theme park division has been busy lately. In the past few weeks at least five executives have left, either due to new jobs or layoffs.

These former Disney executives have more than 70 years of combined experience with Disney Parks and Resorts.

Hand Drawn Animators Included in Layoffs at The Walt Disney Company

During the past couple of weeks reports began surfacing about impending staff cuts at The Walt Disney Company, and by the end of the week the cuts became official as nine veteran animators from the hand drawn animation team were let go.

Tom Bancroft, a former Disney animator, tweeted out the names of the animators from his personal account on April 11. Several online sites also listed the names. The veteran hand drawn artists who lost their jobs are: Nik Ranieri, Ruben Aquino, Frans Vischer, Russ Edmonds, Brian Ferguson, Jamie Lopez and Dan Tanaka.

Second Round of Layoffs for Disney Interactive Media Group

Disney Interactive Media Group recently laid off 80 employees as part of the two co-presidents' plans for restructuring. This is the second round of layoffs for DIGM, with 200 employees laid off in January 2011.

A statement was released by Disney in which the layoffs were deemed "as part of setting a strategic direction for future success in digital media."