Not all bad news at Walt Disney World

A story on reveals it’s not all bad news at Walt Disney World as far as cast member layoffs are concerned. In fact, Disney’s Casting Center continues to hire new employees.

Union workers, including characters, custodians and many people on the front lines have been told their jobs are safe, but University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith said he wouldn’t be surprised to learn of more layoffs in the year ahead.

“Recession begins and then at a later date, that’s when the layoffs start so we’re just getting into that cycle when we’ll see more layoffs,” Snaith said.

A union leader said the Disney Casting Center continues to hire and there’s been no word of a hiring freeze. That leads him to believe the layoffs are truly a consolidation and he’s hopeful the rank and file workers will keep their jobs.

With gas prices forecast to stay low for the summer, it might mean a lot of drive-in traffic for Walt Disney World. It’s not all good news, however, many will lose their jobs in this consolidation and some of the uniqueness that makes Disney’s theme parks so magical is likely to be impacted by the management consolidation.