ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- If you've been to Walt Disney World in the past decade, you may have caught Mark Lainer playing a character in the Indiana Jones show. Or he may have made you laugh in one of the improvisational sketches at Pleasure Island.
Until two weeks ago, Lainer was an actor at the theme park.
Now he is a casualty of some of the toughest economic times Disney World faced in decades.
Lainer and more than 100 other actors were laid off two weeks ago.
Lainer no longer goes to work each day to perform improv, play the character "Six Bits" in the Hoop-Dee-Doo show or act the role of a movie director in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show.
Since February, Disney has laid off more than 180 of the 430 actors who once worked full-time at the theme park resort, or about 40 percent of its Actors Equity performers, according to Lainer. Disney spokesman Bob Jimenez disputed that number as too high but would not say what the actual figure was.
During the latest round, the actors were given the option of working a service job in the park, in merchandising or custodial.
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