Disney requires COVID vaccines for all non-union U.S. employees

by Attractions Magazine Staff

Today, The Walt Disney Company announced that they will be requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of their sites must be fully vaccinated. This comes after another major wave of COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant, has impacted the United States. Just days ago, Disney announced that both their California and Florida parks would require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccines required for Disney cast members.

Now, with this new update, Disney requires COVID vaccines for all salaried and non-union cast members before they return to work. Those who are currently back at work, but are unvaccinated, will have 60 days to comply with the new rules. Disney will soon meet with unions to see what will happen to the thousands of cast members represented by them. The company also stated that all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated before starting with Disney.

This is a massive push towards vaccines and immunization, as other major companies in the U.S. also begin to require their employees to get vaccinated as well. Specifics on those exempt for medical or religious reasons have not been fully posted, but it appears that exceptions can be made. It will be up to the unions to see where many of the theme park cast members will lie under this new ruling.

How do you feel about this new ruling? Does it make you feel safer that Disney requires COVID-19 vaccines, or do you feel it is a major company forcing vaccines on its employees? Let us know in the comments below.


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Robyn Murov July 31, 2021 - 9:33 am

Shame on Disney for yet again only thinking of their top execs and not their hourly, hard working cast members. How dare they force these innocent people to get vaccinated with something experimental? Just another way Disney keeps disappointing me.

Barbara Stofko July 31, 2021 - 11:28 am

No one has the right to force you to be vaccinated especially if you really shouldn’t be what happens if that person dies is Disney or any other company going to be responsible for their families I think Disney is just pushing it a little too hard let’s see how many employees Disney lose because of this I will be curious to know they’re having a hard time getting employees now and to make sure they’re vaccinated when hired they’re not going to get anybody and their hotels are going to start closing one by one

Chuck Baronsky July 31, 2021 - 12:39 pm

Kudos to Disney for living in the real world. The only exemptions should be for medical reasons. Those who refuse vaccine should be quarantined. They facilitate the spread and mutation of the disease and then complain when preventative steps are taken.

Don August 2, 2021 - 8:19 pm

So now that the cdc has proclaimed that the vaccinated are super spreaders that kinda makes disney a death trap!! Great call upper management!!

Leslie August 5, 2021 - 9:14 pm

I feel safer knowing Disney is requiring vaccinations. I have mine and have not heard a single good explanation not to be vaccinted. None of the people I know who are objecting have asked their own doctor, if they even have one.


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