Disney World Cast Members Share Hope as Times Remain Uncertain For Resort Reopening

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In the wake of the recent pandemic, the Walt Disney World Resort, similar to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, remains closed. However, as the fate of the company’s employees’ jobs remain uncertain, some of Disney World’s Cast Members are remaining hopeful and have even banned together on social media to spread good faith in a series of kindhearted posts–and their unity is inspiring.

Last Friday, the Walt Disney Company officially announced that Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris would all remain closed “until further notice.” As part of this announcement, the company also stated they would continue to pay its employees working at all of their parks until April 18. Additionally, Disney also revealed their top execs, including the company’s CEO Bob Chapek, would all take pay cuts to help continue the company’s ability to pay Disney employees–all of which, has Cast Members thankful.

So thankful that cast members have been sharing the image below featuring Disney World employee name tags with the words “Thankful,” “Brave,” and “Hopeful.”

In the Instagram post below, user smith_chloea includes in her caption, “I am proud to be a #disneycastmember✨.”

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I am proud to be a #disneycastmember ✨

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Other posts utilizing the image of Cast Member name tags include a quote in their captions from the President of Walt Disney World, Josh D’Amaro, who according to tweets online, sent out an inspiring letter to Cast Members last night. Specifically, the heartwarming line from this letter buzzing around the web reads: “We Are The Cast Members of the Walt Disney World. We are the heart and soul of this special place. We are a family. We are… the Magic.”

This quote was also posted by other Cast Members who shared images of themselves and their coworkers while working on property or while hanging with friends, and the pictures are all enchanting.

 

Cast Members and Disney fans alike have also taken this time to thank Bob Iger and Bob Chapek for doing their part to maintain the livelihood of the many Disney employees who work for the company around the world. 

At this time, it is not known when the Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris Resorts will reopen in their full capacities as new federally mandated social-distancing regulations have been extended until April 30 in the U.S. Additionally, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have ceased all new bookings for hotel stays until June 1. 

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