Disneyland Union Election for Disney Character and Parade Performers Coming Next Week

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Disneyland Union Election for Disney Character and Parade Performers Coming Next Week

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled a union election for character performers and parade cast members at Disneyland Resort. Voting will take place May 15-18th on-site at Disneyland, Disney California Adventure,and Disney-owned hotels in Anaheim.

Related – Performers File Petition to Form Labor Union in Disneyland


On April 17th, a majority of the 1,700 Disneyland Resort performers who bring beloved characters to life filed for a union election. These Cast Members, who work in parades, meet-and-greets, and character dining experiences, believe that forming a union with Actors’ Equity Association will benefit both their lives and the guest experience.

This move brings them closer to joining the majority of the Disneyland workforce, who are already unionized.Interestingly, character performers in Walt Disney World, Florida, have been unionized for years. The upcoming election will determine if these California cast members follow suit.


Disneyland Character Performers to Vote on Union Representation (May 15-18)

Voting Schedule:

  • Eligible Cast Members from Characters and Parades departments will vote at one of three designated locationson-site at Disneyland.
  • Voting will take place on Wednesday, May 15th, Thursday, May 16th, and Saturday, May 18th.
  • Specific voting location is assigned based on each Cast Member’s first scheduled shift for the week.

Results and Media:

  • Final election results are expected by the evening of Saturday, May 18th.
  • Media will not be allowed at voting locations.
  • Union activists will be available for interviews during the voting period.
  • Information on how election results will be announced will be provided later.

On April 17, when the petition for a union election was filed with the NLRB, Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle said, “Our goal is to make ‘the happiest place on Earth’ a little happier. Equity has a very good relationship with Disney. We negotiate with them at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and with Disney Theatricals on Broadway and national tours. We look forward to meeting with their representatives across the bargaining table, and together, making the Disneyland Resort a fairer and safer place to work.”

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