It is only a matter of time before Disney Parks and Resorts announces that the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calfornia, and the Walt Disney World Resort on Orlando, Florida, extend their closure beyond April 1, 2020 due to growing health and safety concerns.
If you look at Disneyland, the entire state of California is under a “shelter-in-place” order from Governor Newsom, and both Florida’s Orange and Oceola Counties have issued new stay-at-home orders as well. When Disneyland and Disney World closed despite not being ordered to at the time, Disney proved that they do not want to go against local and state decisions to help quell the spread of the current pandemic.
And that’s all well and good. But Disney has remained mostly silent since it announced the decision to close all Disney-owned-and-operated establishments at Disney Springs and the Downtown Disney District on March 17, 2020. The company previously said both resorts would be closed through March 31, giving the impression that they both could reopen as early as April 1.
This is not just upsetting would-be guests getting anxious about an upcoming trip. Tens of thousands of Cast Members are still at home waiting. On top of the local orders to stay home in both states, Disneyland and Disney World Cast Members are reporting that they still have not received work schedules set to start April 1, 2020. While they continue to be paid this month, they are still wanting to know when they can go back to work, and if they will continue to be paid if the parks remain closed for the time being.
This delay warranted the attention of the labor union Workers United Local 50 which represents over 7,000 Cast Members at the Disneyland Resort.
In a letter issued to Vice President of Disney Parks and Resorts, Robin Almand, Local 50 asks the question “What is going on? Will we be taken care of?” They mention that Universal Studios has gotten ahead of the curve and announced the extension of the closure until April 19, 2020. However, Local 50 writes that they essentially know that the park openings will be delayed, and they are more concerned about keeping the pay and benefits going for the cast members through that time period.
You can read the full letter here:
Resort Closure UpdateAfter going the entire day, and evening, yesterday without having any meaningful conversation…
Local 50 expects Disney Parks and Resort’s answer by no later than 3 pm on Friday, March 27. We are less than a week away from the supposed end date of the closure, March 31. Cast Member or not, it can’t be denied that Disney owes a lot of people just a few answers.