As 2020 comes to a close, lots of people are hoping for a truly happy new year. That can start with good news, or in this case, magical news. Thanks to a steady increase in tourists visiting Walt Disney World, some Cast Members are being recalled. Some are even being put on as part-time alternates in the meantime.
At last count, about 32,000 people at Disney have been laid off due to shutdowns. Many of those workers were Walt Disney World Cast Members. However, unlike the still-closed Disneyland in California, many Disney World Cast Members have been able to return to work since reopening in July of this year. With new health and safety measures being implemented across parks and resorts, guests have felt more comfortable in spending their time and money again.
During November, Disney World bookings increased by 77%, with Thanksgiving week booked close to their 35% capacity. Along with the news that Blizzard Beach and more Disney World resorts will be reopening in 2021, both tourists and workers alike can have hope for the new year. And many Cast Members have been outspoken in their desire to return, regardless of any other employment opportunities they may have found. It’s a testament to the quality of people that Walt Disney World has hired, and also a positive statement about working at the ”happiest place on earth.”
We are all hopeful that as guests learn to practice healthy protocols they can also feel safer and return in larger numbers soon. This will enable Walt Disney World to employ more Cast Members, which is their goal.
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