BREAKING: Legendary “Citizens of Hollywood” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Let Go As Entertainment Layoffs Continue at Walt Disney World

News of equity performer layoffs is surfacing at Walt Disney World, affecting many of the beloved and tenured entertainers of the Citizens of Hollywood troupe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

When Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened in July, many hoped that the roaming improv characters would return to the park, as they’ve been a staple of its entertainment lineup since 1989, back in the days of the Disney-MGM Studios when they were known as Streetmosphere.

Fans and performers alike are taking to social media to show their gratitude to the Citizens of Hollywood and other equity performers that brought the Disney Parks to life every day. Here at WDWNT, we were huge fans of the Citizens of Hollywood, and are distraught at the decision to cut their performances in the park.

It’s unknown whether these characters are gone for good, but we hope to see the return of these extremely talented performers to the parks very soon. Select equity performers returned to Walt Disney World back in September after initial negotiations, but for the most part, the majority of entertainment across the resort has remained dark, with performers on extended furlough up until the recent layoffs.

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.

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Arlo (AKA Demander of Mods)

This is horrible, The Citizens of Hollywood were icons of the park, I’d argue more than the Chinese Theatre, and certainly more than the stupid sorcerer hat. Once again Disney management is making stupid decisions that are short term game long term loss and we fans have no choice but to sit back and watch these iconic experiences die. This is a very sad day.

Frank W
Frank W
10 months ago

That is a major shame. The actors make the parks.

John
John
10 months ago

This is just wrong, We are Disney Freaks spending upwards of 12k a year in WDW but these changes are really making us rethink about spending our time and money there.

Hannah
Hannah
10 months ago

This is awful :( The citizens of Hollywood are what made a day at DHS magical. We always sought out their performances and jokes we heard from them have become beloved and cherished family jokes. These layoffs worry me about what’s going on at WDW. Disney World without entertainment isn’t Disney World.

SJames
SJames
10 months ago

This is incredibly sad. Disney losing the entertainment is losing its heart and soul. I don’t understand why they let COVID be an excuse to cut this department when Universal Studios has been open for months, still with it’s entertainment, albeit modified.

McNair Wilson
10 months ago

SHAMEFUL. No rational excuse justifies the cancelation and shut down of SO MANY LONG-TIME, popular (GUEST FAVORITES) LIVE entertainment elements. Along with “Streetmosphere/Citizens of Hollywood” WDW is also giving the axe of stupidity to “INDIANA JONES EPIC STUNT SPECTACULAR”, HOOP-DEE-DOO-REVUE, Finding Nemo: Musical, Festivals of Lion King, Beauty and th Beast: Live Stage Show, and OTHERS. So lots of performers, stage mangers, technical staff, costuming and other behind-the scenes Cast members… THOUSANDS of WDW cast members. Guests DO NOT come to WDW to take pictures in front of the amazingly detailed buildings and they don’t return home whistling the landscaping.… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by McNair Wilson