Mickey Mouse and Goofy Want to Unionize.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy want to join a union. Costumed character actors in Disneyland want to unionize like their Walt Disney World counterparts. It turns out that living in the OC is expensive. Who knew? But will Disney use the opportunity to upcharge guests and lay off workers?

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In a magical turn of events that feels straight out of a storybook, Disneyland’s very own Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy—alongside their fellow costumed character performers—are making headlines not for their usual antics in the Happiest Place on Earth but for their move to unionize. The performers, under the enchanting banner of “Magic United,” have voiced their intent to join forces with Actors’ Equity Association, a labor union representing professionals in live theatrical performances​​​​.

This move is not just a whimsical quest for better costumes or more enchanting parade routes; it’s a serious bid for fair wages, benefits, and working conditions, echoing the sentiments of their counterparts in Walt Disney World who have long enjoyed the benefits of unionization. The tale unfolds in Anaheim, where the cost of living in Orange County (OC) is no fairy tale, prompting these beloved characters to seek a happier ending to their employment saga​​.

Actors’ Equity Association, with a magical ensemble of over 51,000 professional actors and stage managers, has cast its support spell, aiming for voluntary recognition from Disney Resort Entertainment. Should Disney choose not to recognize the union willingly, Equity plans to take the battle to the National Labor Relations Board, wielding the power of union authorization cards signed by a majority of the workforce​​.

The plot thickens with Disney’s recent history of labor disputes, including animation workers seeking to unionize last November and the impact of the 118-day SAG-AFTRA strike last year. The performers at Disneyland are standing firm, with the belief that the values of loyalty and investment they share with the Walt Disney Company should be reciprocated with fair pay and prioritization of their health and safety​​.

While this unfolding narrative brings to light the struggles faced by those who bring magic to life, it raises questions about the broader implications for Disney and its guests. Will this move to unionize lead to an increase in park admission fees as Disney navigates the financial implications? Or could it result in layoffs as the company adjusts its operational costs? Only time will tell how this tale will end, but one thing is clear: the characters we’ve grown up loving are fighting for a fairy tale ending of their own.

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