NEWS! Disney’s Cultural Representative Program Has Been Suspended Through the End of the Year!

Epcot has officially re-opened today with new Character Cavalcades and the entire A Taste of Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to enjoy!

Remy Topiary

Although many Cast Members have returned back to the parks, it’s difficult for some Disney programs to resume right now. While the Disney College Program will be canceled through the Fall, Cast Members who have culturally represented their own countries in the World Showcase will not be returning to the parks any time soon.

Although Disney has considered the possibility of using Cast Members who aren’t culturally authentic for the time being,  the Cultural Representative Program will not be continuing for the rest of the year.

Germany Cast Members
International Cast Members celebrating their country at the Germany pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World

Cast Members in the program were furloughed in March and haven’t been able to return to the parks since the closures. As a health and safety precaution, readers have informed us that offers through the Cultural Representative Program have been withdrawn.

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro

At this time, Disney will be using Cast Members that aren’t culturally representative of the countries in the World Showcase. Although Disney has put this program cancellation in place to protect guests and Cast Members, we will keep you updated with any more changes to the program!

Take a first look at the Food and Wine booths in Epcot here!

What is your favorite country to visit in the World Showcase? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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