Disney World already had a big round of layoffs for cast members a few weeks ago, but unfortunately there has been another round. This time a lot of the shows at different parks have been affected.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney World has laid off workers from some of the biggest and most popular shows. This leaves the question as to whether the shows will make a return, once business is back to where it used to be. Of course, no one knows for sure, but given the popularity of these shows we can hope that they will make a return at some point.
List of Shows Where the Layoffs Reportedly Happened:
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (Hollywood Studios)
- Citizens of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios)
- Citizens of Main Street (Magic Kingdom)
- Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)
- Finding Nemo: The Musical (Animal Kingdom)
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Fort Wilderness)
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Hollywood Studios)
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (Magic Kingdom)
Reportedly the Green Army Drum Corps and the Jedi Training Academy (both at Hollywood Studios) have also been cut. These shows are listed on Disney’s website but are marked as “Temporarily Unavailable.”
A quote from the Orlando Sentinel article gives some hope that these shows will return.
When Disney employees represented by the Service Trades Council Union were laid off a few weeks ago, the union brokered a deal that gave them priority for rehiring while preserving their seniority and pay rate for the duration of its contract, which extends through October 2022.
Disney’s contract with Actors’ Equity also runs through 2022, but on Tuesday night Equity did not speak publicly on the layoffs or any provisions it might have negotiated for its members.
There are ways to help those affected by these massive layoffs. A little while back a group was started called Cast Member Pantry. These wonderful volunteers make up food bags for cast members from donations given to the charity. You can check them out on Facebook and, if you can, donate something to help those affected by this unfortunate turn of events.
I’m so sorry for all the cast members that have been affected by the layoffs. All of you are the ones that created the magic for the guests, and we know that. You are appreciated and will be missed. Disney World definitely won’t be the same without you, that’s for sure.
Please feel free to share any special stories of cast members or seeing any of these shows that you may have. I have a special place in my heart for the Festival of the Lion King show and the Citizens of Hollywood. I always looked forward to seeing those performances. To hear the powerful and amazing voices of those in Festival of the Lion King, and to laugh with the Citizens of Hollywood and be amazed at their improv skills was always something I looked forward to.
What show was a go-to for you when you visited Disney World?