Chapek confirms 80% of Disney cast members who were asked have returned to work

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With Disneyland reopening and capacity increasing at Walt Disney World, more and more cast members have been recalled to work. Yesterday, during Disney’s quarterly earnings call, CEO Bob Chapek shared that 80% of cast members asked to return to work have done so.

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This is fantastic news considering tens of thousands of cast members were laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic. During the earnings call Chapek said, “In terms of labor, we had about 80% of our cast members return that we’ve asked to return. And obviously one of the gating factors is to continue to get more and more cast members back, it thrills us to be able to do that. We’ve had no problems whatsoever in terms of trying to get our cast to come back and make some magic for our guests.”

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When Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts reopened, cast members lined Main Street to welcome guests back to the magic. Cast members are an integral part of making magic for guests at the theme parks and we are so glad to have them back!