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Cast Members Plan Protests Against Vaccine Mandate

Disney announced that all Cast Members are be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 22nd, 2021. This has not settled well for some, and a protest has been scheduled to occur today, September 17th, 2021. According to Fox News:


“On Friday, Walt Disney World cast members plan to march against the company’s recent COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The organizer says many cast members are worried about what will happen after Saturday’s deadline for getting at least one dose of the vaccine. They reportedly could face being fired if they refuse.

“We understand that COVID-19 is a very real health concern that we all have to take seriously,” said event organizer Nick Caturano, “but many cast members have a legitimate basis for refusing vaccination.”  

Caturano says Disney employees are resisting the forced vaccinations for a variety of reasons including health concerns, religious beliefs, natural immunity, and a principled commitment to maintaining control over their own health care.

“So many cast members felt alone and felt like they were the only ones who thought this was wrong,” says Caturano.  “I think we were made to feel that way on purpose. But we have connected now, and we are pushing back.”

The march begins at 2 p.m. at 12151 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Participants are expected to walk up and down Lake Buena Vista Boulevard through the middle of Disney World. 

A similar protest is scheduled for Friday in Anaheim, California.”

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Although there is no vaccine required to visit Walt Disney World, you must be fully vaccinated to travel with Disney Cruise LineThis applies to those 12 or older, and you will also be required to have a negative rapid COVID-19 test as you arrive. Children who are under 12 also need proof of a negative PCR test and the rapid test before boarding. The Bahamas will not allow anyone to dock if they are not fully vaccinated, so Disney had to implement these rules.

About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia Kennedy lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Wars Weekends and has ridden Star Tours over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers.