Small Group of Cast Members Protest Vaccine Mandate Outside of Disney World Gates Hours Before Deadline

A small group of Cast Members gathered outside of the entrance to Walt Disney World this afternoon to protest the announcement by The Walt Disney Company that their employees will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The protest consisted of fewer than 30 Cast Members and took place outside of the Hotel Plaza Blvd/535 entrance to Walt Disney World.

The protest, which started about 1/2 mile away from the Walt Disney World entrance, moved past bargain gift shops and billboards for the 2021 EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival.

Some of the more vocal protestors didn’t seem overly worried about keeping their jobs at Disney, with one even chanting “there’s life after Disney” multiple times along the route. Most chants were of “my body, my choice” and other exclamations that Disney shouldn’t be mandating the vaccine.

The event wasn’t organized by any Disney union or entity. On the contrary, every Walt Disney World union that has made a public statement has been in favor of mandatory vaccination of Cast Members. The largest Disney World union and actor’s union have both agreed with Disney on vaccine mandates.

The protest comes just hours before tomorrow’s deadline for Cast Members wishing to take a two-dose vaccine. After tomorrow, Cast Members wishing to stay employed by Disney will have until early October to take the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to meet the cut off date of being fully vaccinated by October 22nd.

Walt Disney World has not mandated that their guests be vaccinated to enter their theme parks or resorts, but Disney World does encourage all guests to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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