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Disney World Cast Members Blocked from Entering Any Theme Parks for Entire Month of May Following Free Hotel Room Announcement

After last week’s announcement that current and furloughed cast members will receive a free one-night hotel stay, some other interesting news has emerged: Cast Members will not be able to get themselves or guests into any of the theme parks during the entire month of May 2021.

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EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom have all been blocked for the entire month of May for self-admission and Main Entrance Pass use. Perhaps the free hotel room offer was a way to counter this reduction in benefits

What do you think about this decision?

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Lisa
Lisa
25 days ago

Stupid why not makes no sense ..

Nicole
Nicole
24 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

The month of May has back to back cheer competitions with thousands of families flying and driving in.

RoAnn
RoAnn
23 days ago
Reply to  Nicole

May is also Star Wars Weekends. Gardner is usually in January. They must’ve moved it because of COVID.

Brack
Brack
21 days ago
Reply to  RoAnn

Star Wars weekends has not happened since 2015.

KMB
KMB
25 days ago

Pretty much all this month was too. And last. The “free night” thing for cast is only for those already in work at the parks in Florida. Cast members working in Disney Stores certainly aren’t included in that. Actually they’ve taken away quite a few perks at the Disney stores in recent year but this past year has been the hardest. Considering one of the main perks of working for the mouse is being able to go to the parks, it really kicks the morale to the curb. They make crap money, have to deal with crap people and they… Read more »

Tom Corless
Admin
24 days ago
Reply to  KMB

You mean 3rd party, which has always been different. In April they could at least get EPCOT at times, so this is certainly worse.

John Wells-Guerrero
John Wells-Guerrero
24 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

#firebobchapek or as I like to call him lex Luther money pinching you know what kind of a guy I get it tho you have to make cuts in times like this to survive but not like this he’s charging the same price for tickets and hotel stay but your only getting half of what you pay for plus your not getting that Disney experience that has always set Disney apart from the rest of the theme parks out there

Patricia McCormack
Patricia McCormack
24 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Disneystore cast are not 3rd party and in fact are now under the Parks division. Retirees also left off the free resort room offer.

Tom Corless
Admin
24 days ago

Disney cast at Disney-owned shops at Disney Springs absolutely get park access.

Marie A.
Marie A.
24 days ago
Reply to  KMB

“have to deal with crap people” – wow – nice comment from a 5 star cast member (not).

Parker
Parker
23 days ago
Reply to  Marie A.

You apparently have not worked retail or customer service during this pandemic… people have been awful to these cast members.

Last edited 23 days ago by Parker
Dotty Peters
Dotty Peters
24 days ago

It’s demoralizing for cast members. They need “the magic” to, in turn, impart it to guests.

Over It
Over It
24 days ago
Reply to  Dotty Peters

The magic was is LIVE entertainment of which there is very little in the parks.

Bernard
Bernard
24 days ago

If WDW is predicting increasing attendance in May while capacity limits remain, this restriction probably makes sense.

But it also makes the announcement of the free one-night resort stay for cast members look unfortunately opportunistic. If they are truly having to withdraw a perk, they shouldn’t have basked in the glow of magnanimity for a couple of days before announcing “But free park admission won’t be available in May.”

Nicole
Nicole
24 days ago
Reply to  Bernard

The month of May has cheer competitions all month long. Thousands of families are flying and driving in with Disney packages already paid for. The money Varsity brings in to Disney annually for these competitions is a LOT!

Justine Schwab
Justine Schwab
23 days ago
Reply to  Nicole

Exactly! All of the parks are booked for most of the month of May and even if you can get into a park it’s going to be crowded.

Over It
Over It
24 days ago

What do you think about this decision?”
Cruel but what do you expect from a company still making record profits but refusing to rehire 30,000 still unemployed WDW employees.

RJ Peto
RJ Peto
24 days ago

I think it’s time to #FireChapek.

Jenny
Jenny
24 days ago
Reply to  RJ Peto

But he was just able to buy a 12.5 million dollar house 🙄

Ronda DeYoung
Ronda DeYoung
24 days ago
Reply to  RJ Peto

👍

May
May
24 days ago
Reply to  RJ Peto

You can’t fire Chapek! He just got a mortgage for $12 million!

Grow up
Grow up
23 days ago
Reply to  May

Work harder somewhere else. Make more money so you’re not crying over free passes at a stupid amusement park.

Ronda DeYoung
Ronda DeYoung
24 days ago

This is a horrible way to treat cast members!!! They put up with a lot of rude, crappy people!!!
Let them have access to the parks for goodness sakes!!!

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
24 days ago

It’s all optics for Disney. Just one massive virtue signal at the expense of something else. “Look how good we are doing to our CMs!” Meanwhile, it’s rotten underneath the skin. Nothing seems genuine anymore.

Kace Colwell
Kace Colwell
24 days ago

that’s the only benefit that made it worth working there but ok

Geoge
Geoge
24 days ago

Still the resorts are nice enough by themselves. Hang out a bit, relax, hit the shops at Disney Springs, swim at the pool or relax next to it.

May
May
24 days ago

How can Disney ban castmembers unless they have a special “work bonus” type of pass? So if a castmember buys a regular pass, he is just a normal guest and cannot be banned. That’s what I would do if I work for Disney. Get a real pass, not one of those silly freebies with a ton of strings attached.

Chuck
Chuck
24 days ago

That is why Labor Unions form and why they are needed.

Bryan
Bryan
23 days ago
Reply to  Chuck

Lol why do you need a union to hold your hand if you don’t like it leave and go somewhere else that will make you happy. Unions do nothing anymore besides take your money and act like a tough guy while actually just being best buddies with your company working against you.

Greg
Greg
24 days ago

As a former cast member I was always at the parks. Go for 1 ride, go to get your hair cut, go to just sit and talk with friends. I also did the same with hotel bars, pools and restaurants.

This isn’t like giving a guest a free room but saying they can’t go to a park. A night in a hotel could be fun.

Sharon
Sharon
24 days ago

😡👎

Laurel Thyng
Laurel Thyng
24 days ago

This is irritating because I was apart of the DCP Spring 2020 & when we got sent home due to Covid we got complementary tickets. we have to treat those tickets like cast member tickets so I booked my entire vacation a couple months ago and just went to actually look like park tickets for May and everything is blocked out. now they’re offering current cast members the free night at a resort because they can’t get into the parks but I don’t get either. Super frustrating!

James murray
James murray
23 days ago

How can the company possibly do this? The reason Disney does so well is ONLY because of the cast for heavens sake! Why punish them for making the company what it is today???? This is ludicrous.

call_me_spoiled
call_me_spoiled
23 days ago

Are you saying that if I worked at DW (or DL), that I get access to the park for FREE??? –Except for this May, where I just have to put up with a one night stay at a Disney resort that includes all the amenities of the resort like the pool?

SIGN ME UP!

Lzrd
Lzrd
23 days ago

There is no saying that this block won’t continue for the next couple of months. It is a big deal when you are asked to work 40+ hours during a still ongoing pandemic where people are significantly more rude and one of your major benefits is taken away.

Anna
Anna
22 days ago
Reply to  Lzrd

trust me…after working 40+ hours I’m sure Disney is the last place they want to be. But, let’s not forget, it’s just an amusement park. The states are open to explore. There are endless opportunities to go elsewhere on a day off from work especially in Florida. For those crying over this is just immature.

Robert J Herakovich
Robert J Herakovich
23 days ago

Until you have worked at Disney and followed the “magical” guidelines to be the employees that Walt desired, you would not have experienced the demands of compliance compared to the actual demands of employment! Customer service is a demanding job! It is an acting job. It is a job of weakness and supplication, and surrender to the whims of many obnoxious guests. It deserves full-time perks and better wages! The unions that represent Cast Members are virtually powerless, and Florida’s “right to work” status only gives power to the rich and powerful in the name of greed and compromised slavery!… Read more »

Jolyth
Jolyth
20 days ago

Yeah but they now get to wear tons of makeup and jewelry and sport tattoos. Doesn’t seem to be a lot of compliance needed anymore.

Lovetoshell
Lovetoshell
23 days ago

I am such a huge Disney fan- I have spent countless days and an obscene amount of my hard earned money at the “house of the mouse”. However, it pains me to say that Disney has lost so much of the “magic” that has kept me returning year after year- sometimes even several times a year. They have gotten rid of my favorite “tried and trues”, from parades to attractions- to special perks- all while increasing their prices across the board- from theme park admissions to hotel accomodations, to food; they even charge for overnight parking to stay “in the… Read more »

James
James
23 days ago

I think disney is getting more bizarre over the years. Upper management with there millions of dollars bonuses and salaries and block the people that truly do there work so these clowns have there extravagant lifestyles should all be fired. Disney seems to be a dam occult of something. Brainwashing people into the most magical place on earth but behind the scenes is so corrupt and greed driven. 1 free night in a room Jesus its thats a benefit or bonus I pity these poor people that stand out in the 90+ heat daily for the fools that run disney.

Justine Schwab
Justine Schwab
23 days ago

There are cheer competitions for most of the month of May. It’s going to be insanity. All of the parks are booked as well as most of the hotel rooms. My daughter is competing and if I didn’t have to go I would avoid Disney until the competitions are done.