Disney World Actors Push to Delay Park Reopening, Have On-Site Testing

Trey Williams

Disney’s cast members and stage actors at the company’s theme parks, particularly Disney World in Orlando, are pushing back against plans to reopen next month as the coronavirus pandemic has shown signs of surging in California and Florida. One of the chief concerns of the actors for Disney World stage performances in Orlando is that Disney has no plans to test cast members and employees for COVID-19 or offer to test. Late last week, the Actor’s Equity Association — the U.S. labor union representing about 800 professional actors at Disney World — condemned the Orlando theme park’s decision to move forward with its reopening after the company put the kibosh on plans to reopen its Disneyland theme park in California. (California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday retreated from previous plans to reopen movie theaters, concert venues and theme parks in the state and city, and called for the re-closing of bars.) The union particularly objects to the absence of clear COVID-19 testing protocols for performers and other park employees — especially those expected to perform on stages without masks. “It is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases...

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