Epcot’s World Showcase May be Staffed Without Cultural Representatives

It’s being reported that World Showcase in Epcot may be temporarily staffed without cultural representatives when the park first opens. Walt Disney World and Unite Here Local 362 signed a memorandum that addresses how Disney may handle staffing at World Showcase.

The agreement between Walt Disney World and the union covered particular issues such as the order of staff recall and scheduling. Most interestingly, the agreement states that, until Disney is able to resume normal staffing,

Cast Members who “do not meet the culturally authentic theming at EPCOT may be temporarily assigned to work in positions which are otherwise reserved for Cultural Representatives.”

Walt Disney World suspended its Cultural Representative program shortly after the parks closed and had those Cast Members return to their home countries. Due to current travel restrictions, it may be difficult for Cultural Representatives to return to Central Florida.

Epcot is scheduled to reopen on July 15, 2020, along with Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Sara