Disney did not disclose how many other U.S. employees work in the parks unit, which includes consumer products, cruise lines and other businesses.
Nonetheless, Disney's California parks have not been allowed to reopen despite a number of initiatives.
Disney's chief financial officer Christine McCarthy said in May that for every two weeks the parks were closed, the company lost $500 million.
"As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business". Youtube.com is now overloaded with tourist videos showing empty but open parks around the world, questioning the wisdom of Disney reopening those facilities before the pandemic runs its course or an effective vaccine is manufactured.
" Walt Disney Co. shares were plunged 1.41 per cent in after-market trading to $123.63 apiece followed by the release of the announcement".
DÁmaro noted that California's failure to lift restrictions that were set in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 was a contributing factor to losing revenue and that the parks being forced to shutter their doors early on during the pandemic had a lasting impact.
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"We made a very hard decision to begin the downsizing process for Parks, Experiences and Products at all levels", said Josh D'Amaro, chairman of the Parks division.
"We're ready and, more importantly, it's time", D'Amaro added.
In a letter to employees, Mr D'Amaro called the move "heart-breaking" and said management had tried to avoid the job losses by cutting expenses, suspending projects and streamlining operations.
The company had continued to pay health benefits for furloughed workers since April, but furlough works differently in the USA than it has done in countries like the UK.
Last week, Disney urged California officials to issue guidelines that would allow Disneyland to welcome visitors again.
While those on furlough have maintained benefits such as health insurance, they stopped receiving a salary.