Disney World Actors’ Equity Union Reaches Agreement on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine, Paving the Way for More Entertainment at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World and the Actors’ Equity Association have reached an agreement on making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for Walt Disney World actors and Cast Members covered by the union.

A statement from Russell Lehrer, Actors’ Equity Association Assistant Eastern Regional Director, was provided to BlogMickey.com:

Actors’ Equity Association appreciates Walt Disney World’s continued dedication to the safety of its cast members, and their collaborative approach working with unionized employees. Equity agrees with Disney: the science shows that vaccination provides the best protection against severe COVID-19 infection. This policy protects the safety and rights of our cast members under the Walt Disney World policy of mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees.
Russell Lehrer, Actors’ Equity Association Assistant Eastern Regional Director

Actors’ Equity Association members will have until October 22, 2021 to provide proof of vaccination status. Any exemptions will be handled by Disney Human Resources.

The announcement of this agreement could be a massive step forward for the return of many suspended Walt Disney World entertainment offerings. As of October 22, 2021, all Disney World actors will be vaccinated and modifications of shows and suspension of offerings will no longer be able to be attributed to COVID-19 protocols.

The official Walt Disney World website lists the following entertainment as temporarily unavailable in order to accommodate physical distancing:

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Casey’s Corner Pianist
  • Citizens of Main Street
  • Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Let the Magic Begin
  • Main Street Trolly Show
  • Main Street Philharmonic at Storybook Circus
  • Meet Ariel at her Grotto
  • Meet Alice and Wonderland at the Mad Tea Party
  • Meet an Out of this World Friend in Tomorrowland
  • Meet Characters from Aladdin in Adventureland
  • Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Daring Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Side Show
  • Meet Dashing Disney Pals as Circus Stars at Pete’s Silly Side Show
  • Meet Gaston Near his Tavern
  • Meet Merida at Fairytale Garden
  • Meet Peter Pan in Fantasyland
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theatre
  • Meet Winnie the Pooh and Tigger at the Thotful Spot
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Parades at Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot

  • British Revolution
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Garden Rocks
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Celebrity Chefs
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Eat to the Beat Concert Series
  • Entertainment at Canada Mill Stage
  • Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
  • Matsuriza
  • Meet Anna & Elsa at Royal Sommerhus
  • Meet a Favorite Pal at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Meet a Wonderful Friend in the United Kingdom
  • Meet Belle in France
  • Meet Donald Duck in Mexico
  • Meet Joy Near Imagination in Future World West
  • Meet Minnie Mouse near World Showcase Plaza
  • Meet Mulan in China
  • Meet Pluto near Main Entrance
  • Meet Princess Jasmine in Morocco
  • Meet Ralph & Vanellope inside ImagineWorks at Epcot
  • Meet Snow White in Germany
  • Sergio
  • Serveur Amusant
  • Viva Mexico

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • BB-8 Astromech on Duty
  • Celebrity Spotlight
  • Citizens of Hollywood
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • Disney Movie Magic
  • Fantasmic!
  • Green Army Drum Corps
  • Green Army Patrol
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Meet the Incredibles at Pixar Place
  • Meet Disney Junior Pals in the Animation Courtyard
  • Meet Sully at Walt Disney Presents
  • Meet the Toys in Toy Story Land
  • Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Encounter Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Launch Bay: Meet Chewbacca
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

  • Donald’s Dino-Bash!
  • Finding Nemo the Musical
  • Fireworks & Nighttime Spectaculars
  • Harambe Village Acrobats
  • Kora Tinga Tinga
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Meet Pocahontas on Discovery Island Trails
  • Meet Russell and Dug at Discovery Island
  • Meet Timon and Rafiki at Discovery Island
  • Pandora Drummers – Swotu Waya
  • Pandora Rangers
  • Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe
  • Up! A Great Bird Adventure
  • Viva Gaia Street Band

Disney’s BoardWalk

  • ESPN Club, Live Radio Sports Show
  • Jelly Rolls

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

  • Entertainment at Scat Cats Club

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Yehaa Bob Jackson at River Roost Lounge

In theory, the agreement reached will allow all of these offerings to return starting October 22, 2021. In reality, it will likely take much longer for Disney leadership to bring back these offerings, if they even return at all.

As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks!

Mike
Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks. You can reach him at [email protected]

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