A performance of the “Dream… and Shine Brighter” parade and stage show at Disneyland Paris was canceled today, February 26, and an earlier performance went on without character performers as the Cast Members protested unequal pay.
DLP Report shared on Twitter that the first performance today was canceled due to the protest but that other performances should go on as planned.
Yesterday, the first performance of “Dream… and Shine Brighter” took place with no characters. DLP Report posted a photo of one of the parade floats with no characters, only dancers.
Twitter user @DLPAngryNerd explained that Disneyland Paris recently brought in new performers who were being paid more than the old performers still doing the same job. The Cast Members then protested the unequal pay by not doing these two parade performances.
DLP Report said in a reply that Disney characters appeared in the next performance of “Dream… and Shine Brighter.” Watch a full performance of “Dream… and Shine Brighter” below.
Over in the U.S.A., negations have stalled between Walt Disney World Resort and Cast Member unions regarding a pay raise as Disney refuses to budge on their offer. The current base pay is $15 per hour. The Service Trades Council Union is asking for $18 per hour now and a plan to eventually raise this to $20 per hour. Disney has offered a $1 raise now and $1 per year annually until reaching $20. Cast Members protested in November against Disney’s reluctance to raise wages amid inflation concerns and the rise in the cost of living in the Orlando area with signs that read “Full-time can’t buy diapers!” and “Full-time can’t buy formula!” among others. Cast Members asking for a larger, more immediate raise also cite financial distress that won’t be solved by long-term incremental increases.