Orange County

Disney layoffs: Here’s how to help, get help

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — More than 8,800 part-time Walt Disney World cast members will be laid off, union UNITE HERE Local 737 announced Wednesday.

On Sept. 29, the union was notified that the employment status of 5,299 full-time and 8,857 part-time cast members would be changing from furlough to layoff.

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The layoffs are a result of the parks' low attendance and occupancy, which have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels, the union said.

These layoffs are coming at a time when so many people are already in need.

READ: SeaWorld says it will permanently lay off some of its furloughed workers

For many, the struggle to pay the bills is getting even more challenging with the layoffs. But a growing community of support is trying to help keep people afloat.

READ: Coronavirus: Alabama man gets lifetime Walt Disney World ban for lockdown break-in

But there are a lot of resources out there to help.

Here’s a list of links and resources:

Cast Member Pantry

Donate via Venmo: @castmemberpantry

Donate via Amazon

Magic for Magic Makers

Venmo: @magic-for-magic-makers

TikTok: @magicformagicmakers

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.