Actors’ Equity Association Issues Statement Saying 720 of Disney World’s Performers Have Been Laid Off

As the Disney Parks deal with an astounding 28,000 layoffs of Cast Members in its domestic parks, multiple unions have provided details on the employment of their members.

Citizens of Hollywood

Since much of the entertainment featured in Disney World has been suspended, performers have particularly taken a hit as the Citizens of Hollywood, Festival of The Lion King, and numerous other shows have let go Cast Members.

After the news of which entertainers would be let go in the parks, the Actors’ Equity Association released an announcement stating that most of their Equity member employees in Disney World would be laid off.

Festival of the Lion King

Previously, there were around 780 Equity members working at the various shows. However, 720 employees have been laid off with only 60 currently working in the parks or returning to Disney World soon.

Green Army Men Marching

The Actors’ Equity Association has noted that their agreement with Disney outlines that the Cast Members who were let go still maintain recall rights until the end of 2021. The full list of employees in Disney World that are affected include Cast Members from Festival of the Lion King, Hoop de Doo Musical RevueMonsters Inc. Laugh Floor,  Beauty and the Beast Live on StageIndiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, the Citizens of Main Street, Green Army Men from Toy Story LandJedi Training Academyand Finding Nemo The Musical.

Finding Nemo: The Musical

Kate Shindle, the president of the Actors’ Equity Association, has said that “Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World. Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful. These reductions are another tragic reminder that until the virus is brought under control with a national strategy for masks, testing and contact tracing, everyone who works in the arts needs help like extended pandemic unemployment insurance and federal COBRA health insurance subsidies.”

Disney’s Jedi Training

Although Disneyland hasn’t opened its parks yet, entertainment like Mickey’s Magical Map and Frozen Live at the Hyperion have also been canceled during this time. As more news about Disney’s employees comes to light, we’ll be sure to provide you with all the information you need to know.

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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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2 Replies to “Actors’ Equity Association Issues Statement Saying 720 of Disney World’s Performers Have Been Laid Off”

  1. Lion King is my favorite show. Going to miss all the entertainment at Disney. I feel so bad for all the people losing or being laid off from their jobs. 😢