Mickey Mouse in Magic Happens, Disneyland, stock image

Disneyland Resort Parade and Character Performers to Hold Union Election

Brit Tuttle

Following the supermajority vote to unionize, Disneyland Resort parade and character performers have scheduled a union election for next week, May 15-18, 2024.

Disneyland Performers Holding Union Election

Moana in Magic Happens parade

The election was announced by The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Voting will take place on-site at Disneyland on Wednesday, May 15, Thursday, May 16, and Saturday, May 18. Each day of the vote, eligible Cast Members will cast their votes at three designated voting locations. Cast Members who are attached to either Disneyland Resort’s Characters or Parades departments will be assigned to a specific voting location based on their first scheduled shift for the week.

Final election results are expected during the evening of May 18. Media is not allowed to go to the voting locations, but union activists will be available for interviews during the election period. Details on how the election results will be announced will be shared at a later date.

The group of unionized performers, calling themselves “Magic United,” encompasses 1,700 Disneyland Cast Members who help bring Disney’s characters to life. When a petition for a union election was filed with the NLRB on April 17, 2024, Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle said,

Our goal is to make ‘the happiest place on Earth’ a little happier. Equity has a very good relationship with Disney. We negotiate with them at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and with Disney Theatricals on Broadway and national tours. We look forward to meeting with their representatives across the bargainin table, and together, making the Disneyland Resort a fairer and safer place to work.

Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association.

Most of the workforce at Disneyland Resort is already unionized, except for those working in the Characters and Parades departments. However, their counterparts at Walt Disney World Resort have been unionized for decades.

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