Central Florida is slowly reopening its businesses as the Reopen Florida Task Force continues to approve and move forward with the Phased Reopening Plans. Just last week, Disney Springs, the Walt Disney World Resort shopping and entertainment district reopened its doors with limited retailers.
This week, the BIG news we had been waiting for finally arrived; the Walt Disney World submitted their plans to reopen their theme parks.
In a recent Facebook post, it appears Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members are being given the option to return to work faster with a Temporary Transfer.
***ATTENTION ALL TCU MEMBERS!***
One time Voluntary Temporary Transfer (Full time):This MOU is for those who:• Want to get back to work as soon as possible you can opt to take a voluntary temporary transfer.• For those that have expressed interest that you want to get back to work and you don’t care what role you are performing.o There will be a one-call that goes out to all full-timers before recalls starto You will have a minimum of 72 hours to go on to the HUB and Volunteer for a one-time TEMPORARY transfero There will be a list of positions that you will be able to choose from. You can pick as many or as few as you would like. (Please see the MOU for a list of the positions)o Once all of the full-timers in the location are recalled, the company will proceed through the list of Vol transfers to fill the remaining full-time needs in those areaso You will go back to your previous role once it reopens in seniority ordero You will be paid at the rate of the new location of pay.This MOU is NOT meant for those whom:• Have an underlying health condition and do not want to return to work at this time in a new role.• Have a dependent with an underlying health condition and do not want to return to work at this time in a new roll• You only want to be recalled into your same job/classification*If you choose not to volunteer you will remain on furlough until your job/classification is recalled. This will not impact your unemployment. This is truly a VOLUNTEER Paid opportunity.Part-time recalls:• Part-timers will be recalled after full-timers in the classification• Existing days of availability will be honored once you are recalled (you will still be able to add extra availability like you do today)• All preexisting time off requests will be honored.• If you need a thermometer to check your temp at home before reporting to work, upon request the company will provide one.• If you have to self-isolate because of exposure to Covid-19 at work, the WDW company will notify you and you will be paid for missed shifts.• If you test positive for Covid-19 and provide the proper documentation to health services, you will be paid for missed shifts for up to 2 weeks.
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Last week, Universal Orlando submitted their plans for the reopening of their Theme Parks; Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and their water park, Volcano Bay! The plans were quickly approved, and a reopening date of June 5th was announced.
Like the rest of us Disney fans, Florida Governor DeSantis is looking forward to the theme parks reopening. He is confident in Disney’s ability to keep their cast members and guests safe during this time. And not only are the 4-major Disney theme parks, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, in discussion for reopening plans, but also the two Disney water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. DeSantis stated that water parks like Disney’s Blizzard Beach are, in his eyes, “pretty low risk” since the CDC stated that water is not how the virus can be transmitted.
Vice President Mike Pence made a recent visit to Florida to discuss the reopening of Florida’s economy. During the round table meeting with Governor DeSantis, Vice President Pence was very supportive of Florida’s efforts to get the state’s businesses back up and running. He also praised the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando for their efforts in the process.
We’re thrilled to hear that Disney is moving forward in the process of reopening the resort and can’t wait to get back to the magic safely! Are you planning a visit to the magic once the announcement comes? Let us know in the comments!