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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Magic United workers vote to unionize at Disneyland


Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland -- CrispyCream27, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


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Performers at Disneyland theme park in Anaheim have voted overwhelmingly in favor of unionizing. They will be members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the same union that represents performers and stage managers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The election involved more than 1,700 employees in the character and parade departments, with a vote count of 953 in favor of unionizing and 258 against it. The new union, called “Magic United,” includes workers who dress and act as Disney characters in shows, restaurants, and throughout the park. Their goals include higher pay, fairer scheduling, and stronger safety practices on the job.



  • Enforceable policies to protect Cast Members from preventable injuries, and to be treated appropriately when we are sick or injured, including sufficient sick time. Management must improve the safety and sanitary conditions of our costumes, wigs, and workplaces.

  • Magic doesn’t pay our rent. We must be able to live comfortably in the community where we work. It’s time for pay increases that keep pace with inflation and reflect the value of the World Class Experiences we bring to life for our Guests through our performances and storytelling throughout Disneyland Resort.

  • We must be part of the discussion when decisions are made about our work. Leadership must be accessible to us, and their expectations must be clearly and consistently expressed and reinforced with appropriate training. Every Cast Member must be treated with respect regardless of seniority, role, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

  • Work schedules and desired availability must be well-defined and provided with sufficient notice. We call for reforming policies that harm part-time workers and older Cast Members. Disney must open more opportunities for full-time employment.



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