Update: 5:06 P.M.
ITM recently got a comment from Walt Disney World Cast Member Sandra Hernandez on the current operations of the resort for employees, saying:
“We are getting paid and at this time we are on hold and we are waiting to see if we will open on April 1. No one knows, not even the leaders. We were told to check schedules daily. But we seriously don’t think we will open in light of the situation. Cast Members and leaders come in contact with people from all over the world and if Disney opens before the CDC opens, bad idea. Disney wants to be safe and that’s the bottom line.”
As we all know, Walt Disney World recently closed all of its theme parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs until April 1 in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic spreading across the nation. However, now it seems plans are already being enacted to push back the scheduled April 1 reopening date as reports are claiming Walt Disney World Cast Members have not received their schedules for the week of April 1 and beyond–because they’ve been “delayed.”
Cast Members typically receive their schedules one week prior to the start of their workweek and today, March 22, would be a week prior to the beginning of the March 29 workweek, the same week of the April 1 reopening. Although, according to recent reports, it seems Cast Members were told that all work schedules are being delayed officially until March 24.
The reason why these schedules are being delayed has not been announced publically. However, one might reasonably guess the purpose of this delay is due to the fact that the company may not have decided yet whether or not the resort will reopen to its full capacity for business by April 1 due to the increase in cases of the Coronavirus disease in the state of Florida.
According to the official Walt Disney World website, the company does state: “We will continue to make adjustments to our operations as appropriate and look forward to welcoming Guests back as soon as it is advisable” in their “Update on Walt Disney World Operations,” in reference to the Coronavirus pandemic.
When Disney will officially announce the reopening of the resort is unknown. Judging from the current “delay” of Cast Member schedules till next Tuesday, our best bet would be sometime Monday or early morning Tuesday.
At this time, the official Walt Disney World website and the My Disney Experience app both show operating hours at the Walt Disney World theme parks beginning April 1.
What are your thoughts on the Walt Disney Company possibly extending its temporary closure of the Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below!