Walt Disney World Would Like to Reopen with Stage Shows, Union Not Likely to Agree

Walt Disney World theme parks are set to start their phased reopenings beginning July 11th, and with that many Cast Members have voiced their concerns about if the reopening should be pushed back due to rising COVID-19 case numbers.

According to WFTV, not only is Walt Disney World going ahead with the reopening but they would love to reopen with live stage shows as well. The statement from Disney reads, “As we reopen our theme parks, we would like to include live stage shows. We have heard from many cast members that they are eager to return; however, the Actors’ Equity Association has not agreed to the terms of the recall impacting our ability to invite these cast members back at this time. The health and well-being of our cast members and guests is an important priority for us, and our theme park reopening plan has been approved by county and state officials.”

Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association which represents more than 700 singers, actors, dancers and stage managers who are an integral part of the shows at Walt Disney World, had this to say: “They’re not all being called back right away, but we have to get this right, hopefully before anybody goes back.”

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Image credit: Joshua Meyer

When the official list of attractions, shows, and shopping that would available upon the Walt Disney World theme parks reopening, shows such as Turtle Talk with Crush in EPCOT, and Festival of the Lion King in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was included on the list. Since the list release, they have been quietly removed.

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