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All Cast Members From The NBA Experience Laid Off at Disney Springs

The latest in Disney’s massive layoffs of 28,000 Cast Members is the termination of all Cast Members from the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. The NBA Experience first opened in August 2019 and closed with the rest of Walt Disney World Resort in mid-March. Though it was never a very popular destination, it was clear that the Cast Members loved what they were doing, just like their fellow Cast Members at Walt Disney World.

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Michael Engelbart posted the news on Facebook. You can read his entire post below.

“This morning, myself and all of my fellow cast members at NBA Experience at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World received the call that we are all being separated from the company. We had all be furloughed since April. The last day The NBA Experience was open was March 16, the last day I worked at it was March 15th.

We were open for less than a year, having originally officially opened on August 12, 2019. For most of us, our training started on June 17th, 2019. The trainers and leaders though started slightly before that. This was the 2nd time I worked at Disney, as I had worked at EPCOT in Outdoor Foods back when I first moved to Florida during the spring and summer of 1999.

I will miss the team I worked with at NBA tremendously, such a great group of individuals who all brought unique perspectives and experiences, and yet all shared a love of the NBA and basketball.

I will miss being able to call myself a Walt Disney World Cast Member, which itself represents such a recognizable and proud culture of providing the best customer service in the world.

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I don’t know yet what awaits me next, I do have some perspectives, have had some interviews I’m waiting to hear back on, have some interviews scheduled in the future, and have continued to fill out applications during my days, as I have done since around mid-June when I realized the prospects of us reopening were very slim in the new normal.

Thank you to everyone at Disney Springs and The NBA Experience, this isn’t the end but just a new beginning. Who knows maybe we will be back at Disney someday.”

Though it was easy to assume that with social distancing guidelines, the NBA Experience would not be reopening anytime soon, this announcement confirms that. We will continue to post updates about Disney Parks layoffs as we learn more and our hearts go out to the affected Cast Members.

The Walt Disney Company restored the salaries of its Senior Executives in late August, when thousands of Cast Members were still on furlough.

We at WDWNT are supporting these Cast Members as much as possible. You can help too! Help raise money for the Cast Member Pantry by donating directly through WDWNT.

The donation-based organization also has an Amazon Wish List as well as Venmo—their account is: @castmemberpantry. Cast Members can email Cast Member Pantry or contact them via their Facebook page to book a 15-minute “shopping” window.

  1. NBA viewership is down since the last few years, why did Disney ever go in this direction defies all logic. The Brains behind “the NBA experience” need to be fired along with the rest

    1. The NBA was paying Disney to run this for them. Disney was making money on it even if the crowds weren’t there yet.

  2. Should have kept the Disney site that was originally there. Putting an expenditure in rebuilding a faux sports experience site was not only dumb but theft of stockholder funds.

    1. The NBA funded it all and were paying Disney to keep it going. Disney did not use any stockholder funds that werent replaced by the NBA payments. Disney quest was closed because they could not find a sponsor and didnt want to spend money refurbishing it without sponaorship.

    2. If You Don’t Like Sports Just Say That. . But Keep It Moving, It’s Clearly Not For You

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