VIDEO: Crowds Boo Over Strike-Related Fireworks Cancellation at Disneyland Paris

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VIDEO: Crowds Boo Over Strike-Related Fireworks Cancellation at Disneyland Paris

Video of crowds booing over a canceled fireworks show at Disneyland Paris has surfaced online as Cast Member wage strikes continue.

Performances of the Disney D-Light drone show and Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular were canceled due to strike action.

Strike-Related Cancellations at Disneyland Paris

Twitter users @Psychrules and @TRVLTruth sent us videos of crowds booing over a canceled fireworks show in Disneyland Paris. The video shows Cast Members standing by for further instruction while guests continuously scream and whistle.

Closer to Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, guests were especially vocal about their dissatisfaction, with visitors that day bemoaning poor communication from resort management.

An official announcement can be heard over the roar of the crowd:

Your attention please: due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Large groups began leaving the park directly after the announcement.

Ongoing Cast Member Strikes

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Most recently, Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski stated that Cast Members will need to wait until August to discuss potential changes to their wages.

This was in response to employees and associated unions announcing they would begin another strike today, June 6, which will be renewed on a daily basis. They’ve also told resort leadership “the ball is in their court.” Expect disruptions if you are planning to visit this resort in the near future.

On May 30, nearly 1,000 Disneyland Paris employees went on strike to demand higher wages. The action forced Disney to cancel an 11:00 a.m. performance of the Dream… Shine Brighter Parade at Disneyland Park. This is not the first time a parade has been canceled due to a Cast Member strike at this park.

Forbes reported union members had attempted to meet with management earlier that morning, but were turned away.  After the May 30 demonstrations, another planned Cast Member strike action took place on Saturday, June 3, prompting a temporary flexible cancellation policy for guests.

This was the third protest by Disneyland Paris employees in recent weeks. On May 10, a group of about 200 employees staged a demonstration, and on May 23, the number of participants grew to 500. Employees from hotels, maintenance, and security also joined.

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Cast Members for the Paris resort are demanding a monthly wage increase of €200, increased mileage allowances, and more flexible scheduling. They’ve stated that their wages have not kept up with the rate of inflation, and are struggling to make ends meet.

The park’s management met with union leaders on May 26 in an attempt to reach a settlement. Disney offered some measures to address cost of living issues, though union officials said they were not enough. According to union leaders, the proposed changes do not “extinguish the fire” of present economic conditions.

“It’s historic what happened,” Ahmed Masrour, a representative of the UNSA union, told La Marne. “The employees even organized an autonomous general assembly.”

What do you think of the recent strike actions? We’d like to see your opinions in the comments below.

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