More than 700 entertainers lose their jobs at Disney World

Entertainers layoffs Disney

According to the Actors’ Equity Association, more than 700 performers at Walt Disney World are included in the latest round of layoffs.

Many special entertainment experiences are temporarily cut at Disney. For instance, performers who chatted with guests on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom and performed as the Citizens of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The entire cast and crew of such attractions as Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage, and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular have been laid off.

Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World. Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful.

Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association

However, there’s a glimmer of hope for entertainers who wish to return to work at Disney World. According to an agreement with Disney, the union said their laid-off members can maintain recall rights until the end of 2021.

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Kevin Koszola