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Walt Disney World Seasonal Cast Members Receiving Notices of Separation

News of layoffs across Disney Parks continues to surface, as Notices of Separation are currently being sent to Seasonal Cast Members at Walt Disney World.

Seasonal Cast Members typically worked during busier holiday seasons, when staffing had to be ramped up due to heavy crowds, filling in for assorted positions across the resort. When Cast Members began getting called back in to work for the July theme park reopenings, most Seasonal Cast remained furloughed. Now, these furloughed Cast Members are receiving their official layoff notices. Unlike most part- and full-time employees, Seasonal Cast Members were sent an email in lieu of a call.

Part-time and Seasonal Cast Members are among the most impacted in this latest wave of mass layoffs, given that full-time and unionized Cast Members have greater seniority in most cases. Of the 28,000 domestic employees affected, about 67% were part-time Cast Members.

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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.