Landslide Victory for Disneyland Resort Cast Members Who Vote to Unionize

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Landslide Victory for Disneyland Resort Cast Members Who Vote to Unionize

Disneyland Resort performers have voted to join Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers. With nearly 80% support, the character performers, parade dancers, and their trainers overwhelmingly voted in favor of unionization. This decision impacts roughly 1,700 cast members.

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“They say that Disneyland is ‘the place where dreams come true,’ and for the Disney Cast Members who have worked to organize a union, their dream came true today,” said Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle. “These workers are on the front lines of the Guest experience; they’re the human beings who create lifelong memories when your kids hug a character, or when your family watches a parade roll by the castle. The next step will be to collaborate with them about improving health & safety, wages, benefits, working conditions and job security. After that we will meet with representatives of the Walt Disney Company to negotiate those priorities into a first contract.”

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Staff of Actors’ Equity with Cast Members of Magic United outside of Disneyland on April 17, 2024.

Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing the new Disneyland Resort performers, already collaborates with Disney. They currently represent performers at Walt Disney World and on Broadway productions. This unionization brings Disneyland Resort in line with most of its workforce, which has already been unionized.


“This is an incredible victory, and we appreciate all the support over the past several weeks. We’re excited about the next phase,” said Shindle. “These Cast Members are both pro-union and pro-Disney, and they’re looking forward to meeting with their employer across the bargaining table in a good faith effort to make both the work experience and the Guest experience better.”

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