This past year has been a whirlwind for everyone globally, including Cast Members at the Walt Disney Company. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, tens of thousands of Cast Members lost their jobs making magic for Guests. Considering the financial strain that all Disney parks have had to prevail, it is truly unfortunate that such a large amount of Cast Members had to lose their job because of it.
The Walt Disney Company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is currently underway and in CEO Bob Chapek’s opening remarks, he gave Cast Members the credit and appreciation that they deserve. When referencing Cast Members, Chapek stated, “they’ve done an amazing job and I could not be more grateful and proud of them”.
Anyone who has been to a Disney Park or Disney property throughout the pandemic has likely experienced Cast Members enforcing health and safety regulations, ensuring that all Guests are constantly wearing masks while reminding Guests to always social distance. Throughout these tough and dark times, Disney Cast Members have kept a smile on their faces, creating a normal theme park experience even though we are living in very irregular times.
Now that Disneyland Resort is expected to reopen in the near future, Chapek stated that “our cast members are excited to get back to work”. As a reminder, California Governor Gavin Newsom has adjusted the theme park reopening guidelines in a “Blueprint Refresh.” Per new Blueprint for a Safer Economy regulations, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be able to reopen once Orange County reaches tier 2 — they will, however, have to abide by a number of restrictions, such as limited capacity.
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Most recently, it was Employee Appreciation Day at the Walt Disney Company! This day was celebrated with stickers put out by Disney for Guests and Disney lovers alike to post to social media. If you are ever at the Disney parks and want to thank a Cast Member, you can head to Twitter and #CastCompliments with the Cast Members’ names and work location to ensure they are recognized for the magic they are making!
If you would like to help Cast Members who are facing hard times after 2020, click here for information and details of organizations that donate and support Cast Members directly. If you are a Cast Member yourself in need of assistance, click here for resources.
Do you think that Cast Members should get an added perk after the magic they shared throughout the pandemic?
If you want to experience what it is like to have a magic moment with a Cast Member, as well as be catered to with the highest service, why not check it out first hand? Planning a Disney vacation is the best way to hop into Disney magic. Plus you can see Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and run around Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs! Click here to begin today.