Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort reported another rise in local headcount this year, growing to 35,000 employees from 34,000 last year.
The increase marks another record employment high for the theme park and its surrounding hotels and shopping district compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Disneyland, the locally based unit of Burbank-based The Walt Disney Co., employed around 32,000 people in 2019. That figure fell to as low as 10,000 during the pandemic, which kept the theme parks shuttered for over a year.
The resort is Orange County’s largest employer by headcount.
“The resort’s business has continued to grow in recent years with the addition of Avengers Campus, reimagining of Mickey’s Toontown, introduction of San Fransokyo Square and growth at the hotels of the Disneyland Resort, including the upcoming opening of Pixar Place Hotel in January 2024,” Disney officials told the Business Journal.
In September, The Disneyland Hotel became the second-largest hotel in the county by room count, growing to 1,317 keys after opening The Villas vacation club tower.
According to Disney’s fiscal fourth-quarter results released in November, Disneyland’s higher attendance, guest spending and The Villas contributed to revenue growth of 7% to $5.3 billion for its domestic parks and experiences division.