The Disney Parks continue to do their part to support local communities during the current pandemic crisis. The latest pixie dust Disney has spread comes from Walt Disney World Resort, which has donated fabric to the Orlando Ballet that will be used to create face masks for the local community.
Currently, the Orlando Ballet’s performance season has been temporarily suspended, but their wardrobe department staff has worked tirelessly to sew face coverings for local Floridians who need the masks most: healthcare workers. And Walt Disney World Resort wants to help.
Disney World has donated over 400 yards of fabric and 2,400 yards of elastic to the Orlando Ballet. With the help of the Orlando Ballet staff (plus a little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!) these materials will be transformed into an estimated 3,000 non-medical, non-industrial-grade face coverings for healthcare workers in Florida.
Disney shared the following video to showcase the efforts of the Orlando Ballet wardrobe department and share the magic they are making every day to help healthcare workers. Take a look:
“It’s an honor to collaborate with one of Orlando Ballet’s longtime supporters and neighbors — Walt Disney World Resort — on this project,” said Cheryl Collins, interim executive director, Orlando Ballet. “Disney does such inspiring work in our community and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity. Orlando Ballet is extremely proud of our team and volunteers who have come together to create so many face coverings that are vital to people in Central Florida during this time.”
“In costuming, we’re all about taking care of each other,” said Fredd Gunzel, a Costuming Strategy and Initiatives Manager who has worked at Disney World for over 20 years. “So being able to donate this fabric and elastic to Orlando Ballet to create these face coverings for our local community is something we are grateful to be a part of.”
Disney World actively supports the Orlando Ballet through dance programming scholarship, financial, and in-kind support.
Disney also began selling masks online, which you can learn about here.
And Disney Cast Members continue to spread magic even when the parks are closed. Click here to read the story of a furloughed Disney World Cast Member who started a food pantry for her fellow CMs in need.
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