Disney World Confirms 65K (and Counting!) Cast Members Have Returned

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Today, Walt Disney World Resort confirmed that they will be making additional strides toward returning to pre-pandemic operations with some characters returning to meet and greet locations and more live entertainment making its way back to the Florida Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney World had already begun reducing COVID-19 measures, with the removal of social distancing protocols in most areas and the elimination of outdoor face mask requirements — masks are still required indoors for Guests age 2 and over, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Along with this exciting news, Disney confirmed that approximately 65,000 Cast Members have returned to work across the Resort, just in time for the 18-month-long 50th anniversary celebration. Per Disney Parks Blog:

…our cast is at the heart of everything, and since the reopening of our theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort is proud to have returned more than 50,000 cast members to work. Now, more than 65,000 are working across the resort, and we are hiring hundreds more each week as we continue to open more resorts and guest locations. Today, I’m thrilled to tell you we’re bringing back more entertainment cast members this fall, as we relaunch some favorite live entertainment experiences at all four theme parks and beyond!

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Following tens of thousands of furloughs last year, this is wonderful news for both Cast Members and the Guests who enjoy the magic they make every day!

Disney Parks Blog went on to note:

We are incredibly grateful to our cast and guests for the patience you’ve demonstrated as we presented modified forms of some entertainment while continuing to work through the details required to resume others. We’re delighted to be welcoming back so much live entertainment – and so many of our favorite entertainers – this fall and look forward to sharing news about even more additions very soon. Be sure to follow Disney Parks Blog and #DisneyWorld50 on social media for news and updates throughout the 18 months of The World’s Most Magical Celebration!

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