Florida Governor Says State is “Open” to Auto-Enrolling Thousands of Furloughed Walt Disney World Cast Members Into Unemployment System

As updates continue on the status of Walt Disney World furloughs, the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated today in a press conference that the state is “open” to auto-enrolling the thousands of furloughed Cast Members upon the start of the company-wide furlough on April 19.

This announcement comes on the heels of Cast Members staging at-home protests due to the unreliable unemployment website. DeSantis stated that the Cast Members wouldn’t get “a special place in line”, meaning that those who have already applied will still be processed first, but they’re prepared to auto-submit applications on a company-wide basis en masse once the furloughs are officially in place.

Most of the theme park’s 77,000 employees will be furloughed starting April 19. On Saturday, it was announced that roughly 43,000 cast members from the Service Trades Council would be furloughed after weeks of negotiations between Disney and various unions. Florida state unemployment, pays out a maximum total of $275 a week, among the lowest in the nation. On the Federal level, the CARES Act will be providing a $600-a-week bonus through July 31 for those who have successfully registered as unemployed.

If you’re faced with an upcoming furlough and want to get a head start on the application, you can access the printable unemployment application PDF, by clicking here. To access the new mobile-friendly online unemployment application site that was recently launched, click here.

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  1. Wtf?! Sea World employees have been furloughed since February! I registered for the unemployment and haven’t heard back! Now they are auto enrolling Disney cast?! What about the rest of us?!?!

  2. Shame on disney, they have enough assets to weather this storm,(including thousands from me) and take care of they’re employees, instead they put them on the tax payers dime

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