The first round of layoffs is finally underway at The Walt Disney Company, but those newly detached from the Mouse House are wasting no time in putting their best foot forward to find their next home.
In the course of a few days, we learned that returning Disney CEO Bob Iger and his leadership team would begin terminating 4,000 occupied positions, including several high-level positions and the entire Chapek-Era “Next-Generation Storytelling” division, which was tasked with the ousted CEO’s dream of creating the first Disney Metaverse.
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“It’s been 47 nerve wracking days since our CEO announced layoffs were coming The Walt Disney Company, and today I unfortunately found out I am impacted by these layoffs,” wrote six-year Disney veteran Jenny Gaffney as she joined several other program managers, artists, producers, designers, and engineers on LinkedIn stating proudly they are “now #opentowork.”
The business-focused social media platform is filled with obvious sadness but also a heartwarming optimism and enduring support that suggests these professionals took the Disney spirit with them when they departed.
“I never thought I’d ever have to share an update like this but sadly, my talented team at Disney (Next Generation Storytelling), including myself, have been impacted by the layoffs,” wrote Disney’s Next Generation Storytelling Creative Product Director, J.C. Diaz. “Our team was focused on bringing innovative and immersive experiences to life for Disney Guests and fans around the world. If you need any best-in-class game designers, producers, product managers, art directors, 3D artists or creative strategists, please let me know and I’ll make introductions!”
One former Disney employee who had previously been let go noticeably stood out to this reporter for his words of encouragement to those affected, saying,
I feel the loss for those who are impacted by the three rounds of Disney Layoffs, and my heart goes out to you, because I have been there too back during Covid. I would like to encourage you by letting you know in no uncertain terms, THERE IS LIFE AFTER DISNEY. Also, it’s not your fault that leadership is trying to get their act together.
When the dust settles, 7,000 Disney jobs will be gone, with Walt Disney World Cast Members and other Disney Park employees under Josh Damaro reportedly safe. Only time will tell where all of this talent will end up. We at Disney Fanatic wish all of the newly unemployed the best of luck in their search for a new home where they can continue to advance their careers.