How Many Employees Does the Walt Disney Company Employ?

As of 2015, the Walt Disney Company employs approximately 166,000 employees in 40 countries. It is listed as the 42nd largest U.S. employer and the second largest in its field. The company was founded by Walt Disney in 1923 and ranks as number 110 on the list of the United State’s best employers, as stated by Forbes Magazine.

While the Disney Company website cites its employee number as 166,000, Static Brain places it at 133,000, while Forbes estimates the number to be 175,000.

The Disney Company has myriad holdings ranging from amusement parks to television stations and movie studios. These include ABC Television, ESPN, 11 theme parks and 44 resorts. The company also owns and operates four cruise ships and 12 properties tied to its Disney Vacation Club, which has upwards of 200,000 members, according to the official company overview.

Also listed are the Walt Disney Company’s studio holdings, which have grown since the company’s inception to include Pixar Animation, Marvel, Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and Touchstone Pictures. Other divisions of the company include Disney on Ice and Disney on Broadway.

The company’s resorts include locations in California and Florida within the United States, and Paris and Tokyo internationally. The Disney Company also owns and operates an English language institute in China.