Any Disneyland Resort Cast Members who are working and believe they may be symptomatic or were in close contact with some who tested positive with COVID-19 now have three testing options thanks to Disney.
Although Disneyland Resort’s theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, may currently be closed there are still many Cast Members who are actively working. Downtown Disney District is currently the heart of DLR as the only open component of the resort, with Cast Members working in all shops and restaurants. Downtown Disney typically hits capacity each weekend, so the Cast Members definitely have their hands full! And although closed, Disneyland and DCA do have Cast Members working to make sure landscaping, cleaning, and prep work are being done for the day Disneyland Resort can fully reopen to the public.
What are the testing options?
The OC Register reported Disney theme parks chief medical officer Pamela Hymel mentioning, “We have finalized a plan for all working cast members of the Disneyland Resort to have access to free, easily accessible testing options.” And those testing options have been revealed, with 2 new additions being added to the list:
Working Disneyland resort employees who believe they are symptomatic or may have been in close contact at work with someone infected with COVID-19 can visit their local CVS drug store drive-thru starting on Friday, Oct. 9 to get a coronavirus test.
Another new option through an at-home, mail-in COVID-19 test will be available starting on Oct. 26 for all working and returning Disneyland resort employees who believe they are symptomatic or have been exposed to the virus at work. Working employees can request a mail-in test as often as once a week.
The two new options compliment an existing testing option at an Anaheim clinic already offered to working Disneyland employees.
The two new testing options will allow Cast Members to go to a CVS drug store to get a COVID-19 test, or they will be able to do the test in the comfort of their own home and mail the test in to collect their results. Although, good luck getting that swab up your nose on your own!
More testing options for Disneyland employees come from recall negotiations back in June when the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 submitted a letter to Disney where they demanded on-site COVID-19 testing for employees.
It is important to note that the 3 COVID-19 testing options are free for working and returning Disneyland Cast Members. CM’s are required to show an insurance card if they have health care coverage, and the testing site is not Disney run.
The UFCW Disney Workers United Facebook group also shared that Disney employee testing has been demanded and that there are free ways to get it! The union stated:
UFCW 324 and other unions of the CRLU have been demanding testing for Disney employees. The company has listened and released a free COVID-19 testing program for cast members.
Please see the flyer below and the hub for more information.
UFCW 324 and other unions of the CRLU have been demanding testing for Disney employees. The company has listened and…
This seems like it could be another step in the right direction in terms of opening guidelines that the state of California needs from Governor Newsom in order to open the resort back up. This news comes right after we heard OC Health Officials took a tour of DLR and recommended more measures that Disney was happy to accept. We are currently waiting on Newsom to team up with the CAPA who represents Disneyland, Universal and many more CA theme parks to create the guidelines, but so far we have heard nothing of the merger actually happening.