Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, said 720 of its 780 members employed by Walt Disney World have been laid off, part of the sweeping 28,000 staff reduction underway across the company’s U.S. parks business.
Before the pandemic, the Equity members were employed at Walt Disney World either full time, part time or seasonally, the union said. About 60 are currently working or about to return to work in the park. But 720 have now been laid off. According to the new Memorandum of Understanding with Disney, these laid-off workers maintain recall rights until the end of 2021.