Performances Impacted By Cast Member Layoffs at Disney World

by | Oct 28, 2020 | WDW Blog, WDW News

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As Cast Member layoffs continue, Disney Parks fans look for ways to reach out.

If you have ever enjoyed the antics of the Citizens of Hollywood, or posed for a photo with the suffragettes on Main Street, U.S.A., you likely count yourself lucky to have had the experience.

These times are difficult for everyone, and after a long period or furlough and reduced hours, Disney has sent another wave of emails, affecting 28,000 Cast Member layoffs announced in September. Here is how to help these Cast Members.

The Actors’ Equity Association, a union that represents a number of Walt Disney World performers, confirmed additional layoffs yesterday.

Cast Member Layoffs

Here is a list to reference the performances that have been impacted:

Magic Kingdom

  • Citizens of Main Street, U.S.A. (some Dapper Dans)
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

EPCOT

  • Voices of Liberty (non-principal vocalists)

Hollywood Studios

  • Citizens of Hollywood
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Green Army Men in Toy Story Land
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo
  • Pandora Utility Suit

Resorts

  • Grand Floridian Orchestra
  • Yeeha Bob
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review Dinner Show

The future of these performances remains uncertain. We are currently unsure if our favorite characters will appear again after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. As soon as information surfaces, we will update.

If you are reflecting on your memories of these performances, we encourage you to reach out to help Cast Members who have been laid off.

28,000 Cast Members

In a statement released last month, Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks Chairman revealed that about 28,000 Cast Member layoffs would transpire this fall.

Cast Member Layoffs

Cast Member Layoffs announcement by Josh D’Amaro

“We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived, and that we would recover quickly and return to normal,” D’Amaro said in a letter to employees. “Seven months later, we find that has not been the case. And, as a result, today we are now forced to reduce the size of our team across executive, salaried, and hourly roles.”

While this statement was made last month, the Cast Member layoffs continue, with another wave of emails sent just yesterday.

In response, Kat Shinde, president of Actors’ Equity Association, stated, “Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World. Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful.

“These reductions are another tragic reminder that until the virus is brought under control with a national strategy for masks, testing and contact tracing, everyone who works in the arts needs help like extended pandemic unemployment insurance and federal COBRA health insurance subsidies.”

How to Help Cast Members

Reflect on memories of how these Cast Members made your vacation special as you consider giving back during this difficult time.

We’ve got 6 Ways to Help Cast Members Who Have Been Laid Off, including purchasing from CM small shops, donating to food banks, and just lending a hand where needed via Facebook group communities of impacted Cast Members.

6 Ways to Support Disney Cast Members Who Have Been Laid Off

Written by Rain Blanken

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Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...
Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...