Disney World Criticized For Forcing Cast Members Back to Work During Tropical Storm

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Walt Disney World Resort closed this week for the second time this year as Tropical Storm Nicole hit the Central Florida region. On Thursday, the Disney Parks began a phased reopening as wind and rain continued in the area.

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Much like when Walt Disney World Resort reopened following Hurricane Ian, some fans are accusing the Disney Park of putting its Cast Members at risk by reopening so suddenly. Many were called back as the storm was still raging, forced to drive through wind and rain to reopen Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.

Nicole swirls into Florida
Credit: New York Times

On Twitter, many Disney fans and even some Disney Cast Members voiced their frustration with The Walt Disney Company. @rebz4evr wrote:

Disney really showed cast members how little they care.

@Chef_Churro expressed similar sentiments:

I can’t believe that disney is open right now. I know it’s not a category 2 hurricane outside or anything but I have to drive to work in this shit and it’s dangerous. They should be prioritizing the cast members safety above all else

@amberpunkrose alleged that some Cast Members were even forced to come in earlier than scheduled:

Not Disney making their cast members come in 5 hours before their shifts during a hurricane

Some fans even begged Disney directly to reconsider. From @VampKittyClaire:

@Disney please don’t make your cast members come in at 9 today. The idea of them all driving there in a literal hurricane scares the crap out of me

Subtropical Storm Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane before moving inland with tropical-storm-force winds. Just over a month ago, Tropical storm turned Hurricane Ian hit the region, surpassing Hurricane Dorian, Hurricane Matthew, and Hurricane Irma as the worst storm to target the area in years.

Tropical Storm Nicole 2022
Credit: Accuweather

Related: Disney Closing Immersive ‘Star Wars’ Hotel For Very First Time Due to Hurricane Ian

Central Florida, which typically avoids the worst aftereffects, faced significant flooding and wind damage. Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort experienced minor damage but reopened just two days after the storm hit.

Do you think Walt Disney World Resort should have reopened so soon? 

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