The Walt Disney Company has made the decision to lay off approximately 28,000 Cast Members, including those at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
Just yesterday, Disneyland and Walt Disney World sent out another wave of layoff emails to Cast Members. However, more recently, the entertainment equity Cast Members have been notified of the layoffs including those of Hoop-Dee-Doo, The Festival of The Lion King, the Magic Kingdom Citizen’s of Main Street, the Beauty and the Beast Live Show cast, and more at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Now, a petition has started asking Disney to allow the part-time Disneyland and Disney World Cast Members affected to keep their company benefits — including the park admission privileges as well as the discounts throughout the Disney Parks and Resorts.
The petition, which at the time of publication has nearly 5,000 signatures, reads:
We as the Cast Members of The Walt Disney Company have been torn from everything we know because of COVID-19. We understand fully, that during these hard times, The Walt Disney Company, had to make the tough decision to lay off most of their PT Cast Members. No one deserves any of this hardship that is happening right now in the world. It doesn’t take any money from the pockets of The Walt Disney Company to let the “laid off” PT Cast Members keep their Park Admission privileges and discounts throughout the Parks and Resorts. If nothing else, it can bring more money into the Parks and Resorts as Cast Members are always purchasing food and merchandise. We are asking The Walt Disney Company to make the right decision and let the affected Cast Members keep their “Blue ID’s” until call back rights are expired.
Approximately 28,000 Disney Cast Members will be laid off. In total, Disney employs around 220,000 individuals. Our thoughts are with all of those Cast Members who are being affected by this wave of layoffs. If you are looking for ways to help these Cast Members, check out our resource article here.