Galaxy’s Edge Cuts Employee Hours

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Activists campaign for fewer hours.

Deseret News writes:

Multiple employees told Fox Business that they’re feeling the pinch since the wait times have been shorter than initially anticipated. Fewer guests have stormed Disneyland to see the “Star Wars” land, which has led to employees getting their hours cut.

From Mike Cherico of FOX Business:

Disneyland’s Star Wars flops, now employees getting hours cut: source

The force is not strong at Disneyland this summer and employees are feeling the pinch.

The new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Land made its debut to the public in May of 2019 at Southern California’s Disneyland and has become a bit of a disappointment. to the theme park employees whose hours and paychecks have suffered due to lack of attendance.

“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,” an employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, tells FOX Business. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”

Employees are now working under 40 hours per week. “Our hours have been cut to as low as 30-35 hours some weeks, even though we have both worked for the park for years. It makes life challenging when your paychecks get cut unexpectedly” the same source explained. A worker can earn around $15 per hour. The reduced workweek means a paycheck, before taxes, could fall from $600 to $450.

“I feel the problem is Star Wars took too long to build so they rushed the opening with only one cool feature. The only other big ride isn’t even scheduled to open until the end of the year,” the source elaborated. Disney’s blog Opens a New Window. announced that the second major Galaxy’s Edge feature, Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance, won’t open until early 2020.

“Part of the problem too has been all the hype surrounding the new Star Wars land,” the source shared. “Tourists fear the anticipated crowds and the Los Angeles locals seem to be waiting out the summer crowds too.” The source continued, “Admission to the park is not cheap either, it is $149.00 for one park or $199.00 during peak summer weekends for a park hopper ticket. For many families, that adds up real quick.”

A spokesperson for Disney tells FOX Business, “Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30 and 40 hours per week and that their schedules vary depending on a number of factors.”

Meanwhile, the goofball Fight For 15 wants more.  According to Fortune Magazine in September of 2018:

The Fight for $15 Took a Trip to Disneyland. It Won—and Now Wants $18

Unite Here, the union representing Disneyland hotel workers, won a pay increase that will lift their wages to at least $15 an hour by January.

The deal announced Tuesday is one of several that Walt Disney Co. (DIS) negotiated with theme-park workers on both coasts. The employees have been pressing for higher wages with marches and other forms of protest.

Workers commissioned a study highlighting poverty among park employees and gathered enough signatures for a referendum in Anaheim, Calif., that would push starting pay to $18 an hour by 2022.

Since the measure would only apply to companies that received tax breaks from the city, Disney asked to withdraw from two incentive programs with Anaheim. The union represents 2,700 employees. In July, the company reached agreements to boost wages for 9,700 employees.

“We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement,” the Burbank, California-based company said in a statement.

Ha!  It’s a good time to pay up, deadbeats!

4 thoughts on “Galaxy’s Edge Cuts Employee Hours

  1. It’s lovely to see the egg all over Boob Iger’s face. At the Q1 Disney conference call in Feb somebody asked him about the impact of marketing costs for opening Galaxy’s Edge, this is his brilliant response:

    Iger: I would say, by the way, on the marketing expense side. Don’t expect much. I’m thinking that I should just tweet, “It’s opening,” and that would be enough. I think we’re going to end up with incredibly popular and in demand product with these two new lands. They are large. They are beautiful. They’re extremely innovative. They obviously leverage the popularity of the “Star Wars” brand.

    I think we’re going to have absolutely no problem gaining attention for them or to them. It’s not going to take much marketing to do that. That’s a signal that I just sent to our parks and resorts people to keep that budget really low.”

    Oh dear Boob! Time to shell out on some marketing now maybe? But uh-oh, that’s going to affect your bottom line even worse…. and that stock price is already looking shaky after your BIG earnings miss…

    Oh but there’s Disney+, right Boob?
    That will be a ROARING success….
    It will be the biggest corporate success since… Google+…?

    Hahahaha!

    Enjoy the ride Boob.

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    • PS Itchy, there’s a great article on Yahoo Finance and The Motley Fool, titled ‘Theme Parks Fail Disney at the Worst Possible Time’ that came out recently.

      It’s written by a worried Disney shareholder, his final paragraph starts:

      “Disney will get this right. It always does.”

      I had a good laugh at that!

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