NEWS: Performers Laid Off from Beloved Disney World Shows Such as Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – the Musical, and More

Yesterday, we learned that the Citizens of Hollywood Cast Members had been laid off from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Citizens of Hollywood

And it seems as though these improv actors are just the tip of the iceberg, as more layoffs have come for Actors’ Equity Association Cast Members across Walt Disney World.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, performers from Festival of the Lion King,Hoop de Doo Musical Revue, Monsters Inc. Laugh FloorBeauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, the Citizens of Main Street, Green Army Men from Toy Story Land, Jedi Training Academy, and Finding Nemo The Musical have been let go from their positions at Disney World.

Festival of the Lion King

This news follows last month’s announcement from the Walt Disney Company that they would be laying off 28,000 Cast Members in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other recent entertainment layoffs include the Grand Floridian Orchestra and Yeeha Bob.

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

At this time, Disney has not confirmed whether or not these beloved entertainment offering are closed for good or will return at some point — they are currently listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” on the Walt Disney World website.

We will keep you posted with more details of the layoff as this is a developing story.


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5 Replies to “NEWS: Performers Laid Off from Beloved Disney World Shows Such as Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – the Musical, and More”

  1. Disney Disappoints – that should be the new motto of the corporate gluttons who run WDW – shame on them for not taking care of loyal and underpaid employees

  2. If I hadn’t already dropped my AP this would be the last straw. I can see dropping the fireworks and a few other things. But these are attractions just like Tower of terror etc.

  3. It’s pretty ridiculous they’re doing this. They could easily limit attendance to 25% at those shows and be perfectly safe.

  4. I am so thankful we went last year and got to see all of our special rides and shows! Had dinner at Teppan Edo and got to see Don Felder in the showcase! A true highlight and probably the last time we will be going. Bye Mickey. Its been great memories for many years.