Recently there has been a lot of discussion about some of the performers and shows being missing at Walt Disney World due to the grievances filed by the Actors’ Equity Union over safety concerns as the performers can’t wear the same protective gear that other Cast Members can. So far Disney and the union have not been able to reach an agreement. As a result, many performers have not yet been called back.
A few days ago the Actors’ Equity Union put out a re-edited video of the Disney “Welcome Home” video featuring new voices, sound effects, and a running total of positive COVID-19 cases. The video finishes with the hashtag #Protectthemagicmakers.
Now some of the impacted Walt Disney World performers have created their own video expressing how they feel about Walt Disney World.
We see many performers talking about how Disney makes them feel, using words like, Joyful, Bold, Galactic, Goofy, Creative, Awesome, Blessed, and more. After we see the performers show their first word, they flip over their paper and on the other side it says “SAFE.” The video ends with their hashtag “BringBackTheMagic.” Clearly they side with Disney and they believe Disney is making it safe for them to return.
I know one of the complaints I heard is that the Actors’ Equity Union represents actors across all types of jobs from theme parks to Broadway. Part of the problem may be that they are treating them all the same, but there are different concerns for different jobs or areas of performance. At least that’s what some performers in the union, in other areas, have said.
Whatever the reason, I hope they can reach an agreement soon and get the performers back to their jobs. They all do such a fantastic job and I know, without a doubt, they are missed!
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