Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Is Laying off 1,100 Employees

Swan and Dolphin Resort
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Sad news as Orlando’s tourism industry struggles through 2020 due to COVID-19. Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort is the latest to report they will be laying off 1,100 employees due to low occupancy and canceled events.


As shared by OrlandoSentinel: With the professional athletes gone, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is laying off about 1,100 employees because of low occupancy and canceled events in another hit to the tourism industry because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Marriott hotel between Epcot and Hollywood Studios called the economic impact “historic, swift and devastating” as it alerted the state as a requirement under federal law for mass layoffs. The Swan and Dolphin warned the economic impact will carry over into 2021.


The 1,136 positions are in multiple departments of the hotel, including 256 banquet servers, 41 cooks, 67 housekeepers and 88 loss prevention officers. The notice said the layoffs are permanent and effective Nov. 13.

Source: OrlandoSentinel

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