Actor's Equity Union signs memorandum of understanding with Disney for Equity performers to return to the parks

Aug 12, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

The Actor's Equity Union has this evening signed a memorandum of understanding with Disney for Equity performers to return to work at the Walt Disney World theme parks.

“We have been consistent that testing is an important part of ensuring a safe workplace for Equity performers, and today, I’m pleased to see that Disney World has agreed,” said Kate Shindle, President of Actors’ Equity Association. “With the news that Disney will make testing available for Equity performers and others in the park, I’m happy to announce that Equity’s executive committee has signed a memorandum of understanding with Disney for Equity performers to return.”

According to Equity, on June 23, Disney announced plans to recall members for rehearsals the following week. On June 25 Equity made a public statement that actors need to be tested because actors cannot practice social distancing throughout their workday. The following day, on June 26, Walt Disney World rescinded all of its recall notices for Equity members.

Equity Cast Members make up a significant number of Walt Disney World's live entertainment performers, which include Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Festival of the Lion King and various castle shows. The return of those performers would pave the way for Disney to resume shows should it wish to do so.

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Chomama21 hours ago

Sorry if this is a repeat post but October park hours extended for first 2 weekends.

DCBaker2 days ago

"According to the Walt Disney World website, Chefs de France will reopen on October 8th for the lunch and dinner periods. There are no times currently listed on the Disney World website for any dates before October 8th."

ImperfectPixie6 days ago

That happens a lot even just with regular products that are able to be purchased cheaply....household goods, etc.

Lilofan6 days ago

That's true also. Some savvy Brazil travelers even go to the Orlando outlets and buy in bulk then ship the products to Brazil for resale.

JoeCamel6 days ago

Thread here

Jimmy Thick7 days ago

Please just wear a mask.

Ojo47 days ago

So is there a composite of average wait times across the days of the week? Seems like Saturdays/Sundays are by far the busiest but wanted to see which weekdays are usually the best to visit on

JoeCamel7 days ago

Not as much fun as after you have had 4

JohnD8 days ago

EPCOT After 2 Pass?

JohnD8 days ago

What's going on October 9-16 that DHS is blocked out to resort guests and ticket holders? But AP holders have availability at all parks October 13-15? I've never seen that before.

JoeCamel10 days ago

The people from the UK were well represented at the outlets as well. Talked to a couple that did the math to find the prices were a bargain for them even with the cost of getting it back.

Lilofan10 days ago

Without the South American tourists ( i e. Brazil ) the Orlando outlet malls are not even worth operating. Most of their business is from them.

DCBaker10 days ago

The Vineland outlet opened today.

rowrbazzle15 days ago

Mrs. rowrbazzle took our daughter a couple years ago. She was just shy of her 3rd birthday so she was free. That seemed like a decent deal. Of course, our little girl was more interested in eating and coloring than taking pictures with the princesses (she feigned a swing at Aurora with her wand) so it wasn't quite the magical breakfast we envisioned. 😄 Maybe the two of them would go again sometime. Maybe. I don't see us ever forking over money for the whole family, though. I just can't stomach spending that much on a meal at Disney.