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Union leaders say Disney World to bring back thousands of workers in next few weeks


A union leader recently announced that Walt Disney World Resort will be bringing back thousands of furloughed Cast Members. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney may have to reshuffle its employees to replace the positions formerly filled by Disney College Program interns. Eric Clinton, the Union Leader of 362, spoke about this update.

Eric Clinton provided an update on what the future of Disney theme parks might be like for both guests and Cast Members once they reopen. First, he expects roughly 8,000 Disney employees to return to work in the next few weeks. Starting in June, the Walt Disney Company will recall full-time attractions and custodian workers.

However, Mr. Clinton doesn’t expect all attractions to be available when the theme parks reopen. According to the union, Disney doesn’t plan to bring back seasonal employees for a while given the circumstances. Instead of cultural representatives, World Showcase will feature domestic workers filling in for duties at Epcot when the park reopens in July.

Furthermore, the Disney union leader even thinks that live entertainment shows, such as Beauty and the Beast Live at Hollywood Studios, might not return right away to Disney World. The need to practice social distancing will require shifts in available entertainment. The full list of what attractions will reopens is still unknown at this point in time. Clinton went on to say the following:

“Disney has not shared those details with us. What we do know is there’s going to be a massive need for attractions workers across property. There’s going to be a lot of work that needs to be done.”

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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