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Disney’s Orlando consolidation could impact up to 200 tech and administrative jobs in Seattle

The Seattle skyline and Walt Disney World in Florida. (Canva Professional Photographs)

An effort by Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Products division to consolidate operations in a “business-friendly local weather” may consequence within the switch of as much as 200 Seattle-based tech and administrative positions to Orlando, Fla.

The potential transfers had been confirmed to GeekWire by a Disney consultant, who stated the whole variety of the Seattle jobs to be impacted gained’t be decided till Nov. 1. The spokesperson declined to verify the precise variety of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Merchandise jobs in Seattle.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Merchandise.

Nevertheless, a Disney worker from Seattle stated managers warned them final week of the doubtless transfers and stated the initiative may have an effect on as much as 200 native jobs within the parks, experiences, and merchandise division. That’s believed to be roughly the variety of positions the division has within the space.

“We had been informed by managers in Glendale (Calif.) that the principle cause for the transfer is to reap the benefits of company tax breaks,” stated the worker, who requested to stay nameless. “And I’d guess they count on to see some attrition because of the transfer.”

Within the Seattle space, the Walt Disney Firm additionally has workers in its ESPN and Hulu divisions. These teams are, partly, a legacy of Disney’s acquisition of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Starwave Corp. in the 1990s. There was no indication that any of those jobs determine into this plan.

Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Merchandise division was beforehand often known as Disney Parks & Resorts. Many of the jobs in Seattle, the worker stated, are in e-commerce, gaming, cellular apps, and Disney Holidays.

The potential shift parallels an announced transfer of 2,000 jobs from the Los Angeles space to a brand new Disney company campus in Nona Park, Fla. That transfer was confirmed final week in an electronic mail to workers from Josh D’Amaro, chairman for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Merchandise.

“Increasing our already vital DPEP footprint in Florida is smart,” D’Amaro wrote within the electronic mail. “Along with Florida’s business-friendly local weather, the brand new regional campus offers us the chance to consolidate our groups and be extra collaborative and impactful from a artistic and operational standpoint.”

Disney already has 60,000 workers in Central Florida, principally within the higher Orlando space.

“Florida is thought for its wealthy tradition of hospitality and lively life-style in addition to a decrease value of residing with no state earnings tax,” D’Amaro stated within the worker letter.

Requested if a transfer to the Sunshine state was a private chance, the Seattle worker stated, “Orlando? I don’t suppose so. I prefer it right here. However I additionally like my job.”

The worker stated the Seattle group discovered at a workers assembly when somebody requested if the Los Angeles announcement meant an identical consolidation for Seattle. “They stated, ‘Sure, Washington might be affected.’ ”

The brand new Nona Park campus might be 20 miles east of Disney World, close to Orlando Worldwide Airport.