Her Lifelong Dream Was to Work for Disney. Now It May Turn Into a Nightmare.


    Unite Here Local 11For 32 years, Glynndana Shevlin worked at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, and through 29 of them, her spot was a concierge club called the E-Ticket Lounge. From 2 p.m. to 10:30 at night, Shevlin hosted guests on the 11th floor of a wing known as the Adventure Tower, serving continental breakfasts, chips and salsa, appetizers, and drinks. As a sommelier, she specialized in wine. “I have long-term guests that have been calling me asking me, ‘How’s it going during the pandemic?’” Shevlin said. “My phone’s been off the hook.”The calls picked up on Tuesday, after Disney announced they would be laying off 28,000 domestic workers, or “Cast Members,” at their theme parks. Shevlin got the news late that evening. She had been off-grid all day, on a hike with her daughter, whom she’d visited in Oakland. Once they descended, she checked her email. “I saw the message,” Shevlin said. “The way I feel is a little surreal.”The email Shevlin received came from Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Products. In a public statement on the layoffs, D’Amaro blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom. The massive staff cuts, he wrote, stemmed from “the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business… exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here


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