Union: Disney Won’t Restart College Program Anytime Soon

    As more details come out about how Disney World will begin to recall their Cast Members ahead of their theme parks reopening in mid-July, we are also learning about staffing programs that were cut such as the Disney College Program.

    As a reminder, we were the first to bring you the news that the Disney College Program participants were being sent home back when the parks closed.

    Today, we’re learning that the Disney College Program may remain shuttered for some time, even though the theme parks are reopening.

    In a call to members earlier this week (the same call that said that Spaceship Earth would reopen), the local 362 union shared that while the demand for attractions Cast Members will be “massive” when the parks reopen, it won’t be filled by College Program members.

    In the call, Eric Clinton of local 362 said that World Showcase would be staffed by domestic theme park workers, confirming a story we wrote earlier this week. This staffing decision includes the upcoming Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride in the yet-to-open France pavilion expansion.

    Clinton went on to say that “if anyone thinks that College Program workers are coming back anytime soon, they are mistaken”. Clinton also said that the company will not rely on seasonal workers in the near future.

    If you are in the Disney College Program with a program date in the future, we recommend contacting your recruiter to check on your status.

    As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest Disney Parks news and photos. We’ll continue to bring you news and photos, where possible, through the Disney Parks closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will resume our normal coverage once the parks reopen to guests on July 11th!

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