Ways To Support Former Disney Cast Members After The Layoff

Ways To Support Former Disney Cast Members After The Layoff

If you’re as big a Disney fan as I am, you’ve probably heard that Disney recently had to lay off 28,000 employees from its theme parks division, including the Disneyland Resort here in Orange County. 2/3 of these employees were part time workers. Disney to their credit had managed to keep these employees on their health benefits for the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is more than many other employers were able to do during these tumultuous times.

Even so, these layoffs have been devastating to our community, since so many in our area know people that work(ed) for the Disney company.

I typically write about all the fun stuff you can do, see, and eat at the Disneyland Resort for OC Mom Collective here. But when this news broke, I felt like I had to write something, anything, in support of all these wonderful former Disney Cast Members who have lost their livelihoods. Even more than that, they’ve lost their healthcare benefits, which is a very scary prospect in the midst of a health crisis.

First and foremost, I wanted to say thank you to these cast members for creating so much magic for me and my family during our many visits to the Disneyland Resort, Downtown Disney, and Disney World in Florida. I’m so sorry you have been affected in this way. And I hope you’re able to just keep swimming until you find your next gig.

Ways to support former Disney cast members

Many of the people who work for the Disney theme parks are creative people, and have found alternatives to supplement their income during the shutdown with their other talents. Some have opened online shops to sell their creations. Others have come together to rally support for their former co-workers in need.

So I thought, if you’ve loved visiting Disneyland in the past like I have and would like to help support some of these talented people that helped to make your visits so magical, here are some links to the small businesses of former Disney Cast Members and other ways to help support them:

These are dark times, no doubt.

But if I can find even the thinnest of silver linings to this latest bit of devastating news amidst the never-ending hell that is 2020, it’s to see people who love Disney coming together to support the folks that have brought that Disney magic into their lives through its theme parks.

I look forward to the time when Disneyland opens its gates once again. Until then, I’ll be doing my best to keep that Disney magic alive in my heart, and thinking of this quote from the Disney movie FROZEN 2:

“You are lost, hope is gone. But you must go on. And do the next right thing.”

Are you a Disneyland Resort Cast Member who was affected by this layoff and have a small business you’d like fans to support? Let us know in the comments!

Ways To Support Former Disney Cast Members After The Layoff PIN

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Hilary Feldstein Ratner
Follow me on Instagram @EcoFriendlyMama, Twitter @EcoFriendlyMa, and Pinterest @EcoFriendlyMama! Though I was born and raised in New York City, I've lived in SoCal for over ten years now and am proud to call this beautiful and diverse place my home. My husband and I have a son and baby daughter (whom I was 9 months pregnant with when this photo was taken!). Prior to becoming a mommy I spent several years in feature film publicity and acquisitions for Miramax and later as the Creative Executive for Hilary Swank Productions before seguing to the music industry where I did Online Communications for the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. In my ample pre-parenthood free time, I also freelanced as a script analyst and screenwriter. I am fortunate now to be able to devote all my time to my family, but I still love to write so am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this blog! I am a foodie, avid traveler, environmentalist, preschool board member, and unabashed Disney nut. I can also be found writing about green parenting and eco-conscious living on my personal website, https://ecofriendlymama.com.


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