while the story was being spun that Disney couldn't keep up with demand so they had to outsource - yet they lay off people rather then retask them. That doesn't sound like 'we can't keep up with demand'. Sounds more like cost efficiencies to me!
This line says it all
"Effective immediately, all simple, medium-complexity, and the majority of our complex Audio Animatronics figures will be produced using outside vendors with close oversight from our talent at MAPO, who will focus their efforts on prototyping, proof of concept, pre-visualization, engineering, vendor management, and quality assurance."
Kiss the manufacturing experience good bye at Disney and welcome the full time dependency on outside shops. Taking things from prototyping to production is a HUGE gap and requires specific experience and knowledge. With out it, reliability typically goes to crap. Disney is going to be totally Dependant on the outside shops to even make what they do 'in house' feasible in the future. Sad days - Sad days indeed.