It’s payday for Disneyland Resort cast members, as the theme park destination announced a 36-percent increase of its minimum wage rates, which will now reach $15 by 2020– two years ahead of California’s minimum wage achieving that milestone. The deal affects the “Master Services” cast members, roughly 9,500 of Disneyland Resort’s approximately 23,000 employees in Anaheim, California.
“Disneyland Resort has created 10,000 new jobs in the last decade—and that’s just the beginning,” said Josh D’Amaro, president, Disneyland Resort. “Today’s investment in our cast — along with world-class training and development opportunities for both full- and part-time cast members — confirms that working at the Disneyland Resort is not only a good opportunity today, but a pathway to growth opportunities and career advancement tomorrow.”
The current minimum rate for Disneyland Resort Master Services cast members stands at $11 per hour, and under the new deal it will immediately increase to $13.25, followed by a one-dollar hike to $14.25 in 2019, and then to $15 in 2020. In a press release issued today by Disney, the company calls this “one of the most aggressive wage increases in its history.”
Also according to the release, the Master Services Council representing these employees represents cast members under four individual labor unions at both Disneyland Resort theme parks (the original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) and the adjacent Downtown Disney District outdoor shopping complex. “It includes cast members who work in attractions, store operations, custodial, main entrance, costuming, resort transportation & parking, onsite distribution center and select cast in team centers and bakery/confection.”
“The company has been engaging in successful negotiations since Disneyland Park first opened, and we are proud of our long-standing history with labor unions. Negotiations are focused not only on wages, but also on working together to provide our cast members with a world-class experience. We look forward to productive negotiations with our unions as we set a foundation for our exciting future ahead,” added D’Amaro.
This is certainly good news for Disneyland Resort cast members seeking a better deal and compensation closer to a living wage in Orange County, which is currently estimated at $15.31 per hour for single adults.