After announcing a large-scale reorganization plan in February that would include job cuts, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts laid off an undisclosed number of workers at its domestic parks last month.



The Orlando Sentinel reported that the number of cuts at Walt Disney World could have been as high as 450.

Disney World spokesman Michael Griffin would not confirm the number but said the cuts could continue as the company searches for efficiencies in the operations of its two domestic parks, Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Reuters reported.

"These changes are essential to maintaining our leadership position in family tourism and reflect today's economic realities," Griffin told Reuters. "As acknowledged previously, these actions will unfortunately result in the elimination of positions."

The job cuts were laid out by Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a February statement explaining that "the long-term success of parks and resorts depends upon our ability to ... implement an organization and cost structure that meet today's economic realities." He added that "organization changes require difficult decisions, including the elimination of some roles."

In January, Disney announced a voluntary-separation plan to the nearly 600 executives in its Parks and Resorts division, and last month Ed Baklor, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney, accepted the voluntary-separation offer.

In February, several parks and resorts executive positions were combined or eliminated.

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