Since 1965, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL has been known as the “Happiest Place on Earth” — a nomenclature that quickly turned ironic this April when 70,000 of its workers were furloughed.
A few miles up the road from Disney sit the temporarily shuttered Universal Studios theme parks, of which 27,000 employees are now furloughed or receiving reduced pay. Nearby SeaWorld Orlando faced a similar fate. For a region that runs on hospitality and entertainment, these layoffs, forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, could spark an entirely new workforce development strategy in Orlando.
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