Disneyland has begun recalling employees as Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney prepare to reopen restaurants that were shuttered by the state’s recently-lifted stay at home order.
More than 230 Disneyland food and beverage workers are being recalled as part of the reopening of Buena Vista Street restaurants and food carts, according to the Workers United 50 union.
More than 400 Disneyland cast members and Downtown Disney employees are expected to be recalled to work, according to Disney officials.
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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are unlikely to return to full operation until spring or summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state. DCA’s Buena Vista Street restaurants had reopened for less than three weeks when the state lockdown shuttered them again.
Workers United 50 said 71 employees at the Carthay Circle table service restaurant, 138 workers at the Award Wieners and Smokejumpers Grill quick-service eateries and another 23 who work at outdoor vending carts would be recalled to work, according to a Facebook post by the union.
Workers United 50 did not mention if and when Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe would reopen on Buena Vista Street.
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The return of Carthay Circle should cheer Disneyland fans who eagerly snapped up reservations for the fine dining restaurant almost as soon as they became available.
A reopening date for the Buena Vista Street restaurants and food carts has not been announced.
Temporarily closed Downtown Disney restaurants like Catal, La Brea Bakery, Naples Ristorante and Tortilla Jo’s are expected to announce reopening dates soon following the sudden lifting of the state’s lockdown order.
A majority of the outdoor dining restaurants in Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street closed on Dec. 7 due to the Southern California stay-at-home order issued by state officials. Approximately 350 Disney employees returned to furlough because of the state’s order.
During the lockdown, Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street restaurants only offered take-out while retail locations remained open at reduced capacity.
Buena Vista Street reopened on Nov. 19 as part of the Downtown Disney outdoor shopping district while the rest of Disney California Adventure remains closed.
Disneyland has laid off off more than 11,500 employees while the Disney company has furloughed approximately 37,000 employees due to the pandemic, state and federal records show.