Entertainment Cast Members Laid Off at Multiple Shows at Walt Disney World


***This article was updated on October 28th to include additional entertainment layoffs***

Cast members are self reporting that Disney has announced the layoff of entertainment cast members at the following shows at Walt Disney World:

Magic Kingdom

  • Citizens of Main Street
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Party


  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Citizens of Hollywood
  • Green Army Drum Corps
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical


  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review

Kate Shindle of the Actors’ Equity Association released the following statement regarding the layoffs:

Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World. Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful. These reductions are another tragic reminder that until the virus is brought under control with a national strategy for masks, testing and contact tracing, everyone who works in the arts needs help like extended pandemic unemployment insurance and federal COBRA health insurance subsidies.