Some of the most shocking Walt Disney World layoffs came yesterday. The latest wave of entertainment layoffs has hit two beloved attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. The cast and crew of “Festival of the Lion King” and “Finding Nemo – The Musical” have been laid off at Walt Disney World.
The Festival of the Lion King is a Broadway-style show filled with songs, pageantry, and puppetry celebrating the classic movie, The Lion King. It’s an entertaining, moving and immersive theatrical experience celebrating music that has touched generations of Disney fans.
Finding Nemo – The Musical lets guests dive right into the heart, humor and characters of Finding Nemo with this musical version of the award-winning Disney and Pixar film.
It’s unknown whether these shows will be permanently canceled or if they will one day reopen. We hope to see the return of these extremely talented performers to the parks very soon.
Other performances impacted by layoffs include the “Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor” show at the Magic Kingdom, Citizens of Hollywood and “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
If you would like to help Cast Members who have been laid off, you can donate to Cast Member Pantry.