Disney’s resort at Disneyland is planning to relocate workers from some of its hotels in the state, the company said Thursday, the latest in a series of moves in response to the Great Recession.
The move comes as a record number of Americans are returning to work and a number of other states have announced plans to make major cuts to their economies, especially as the country struggles to recover from the recession.
Disney, the world’s largest theme park operator, said it plans to open about 3,600 of its resort’s 6,400 guest rooms, a total that includes 2,600 hotel rooms and about 900 parking garages.
The company said it will hire 2,400 people to work in parks across the state in the coming months and is also working to bring new workers to the region.
Disney has been in discussions with its hotel and resort partners, including Marriott Resorts International, about moving jobs from its hotels and resorts, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the company wasn’t authorized to discuss such a move.
The people said Disney is planning a plan to expand its workforce by more than 10,000 over the next three years, with about 3.2 million hotel rooms in operation across the U.S. That would create about 9,500 jobs, or about one-third of the company’s total workforce of 11,000.
The plans are being reviewed by Disney’s labor-management team, the person said.
The workers are expected to start working at the resorts by late summer or early fall, Disney spokeswoman Lauren Dusil said.
A Disney spokeswoman said the company will provide additional details about its plans to its workers later this month.
The hotel industry has seen record growth in the past few years as people have returned to work after long stretches away from their homes.
Last year, the hotel industry reported a nearly 2% increase in hotel room occupancy as a result of the economic recovery, up from about 1.4% in 2016.
But in 2017, occupancy declined to its lowest level since 2007, a year when the recession began.