200 Actors Will Lose Their Disneyland Jobs With Closure of ‘Frozen’ and ‘Mickey’s Magical Map’
If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog then you know that over the weekend we announced that Disneyland is closing two of their stage shows, Frozen: Live at the Hyperion and Mickey and the Magical Map.
The theme park started to contact cast members from both shows to announce closures and according to a recent piece in the Orange County Register we now have a clearer idea of how many cast members have been impacted.
The Register estimates that more than 200 actors from both shows will not be unemployed while the Disneyland theme parks continue to remain closed because of COVID-19.
The end of run notices have already been distributed to members of both shows according to the American Guild of Variety Artists.
AGVA’s Disney rep, Steve Rosen said, “We have been told that Disney will be laying off 214 of our members which represents approximately 70% of our members currently employed at the Disneyland resort.”
The news about both productions did come as a bit of a surprise. Both shows draw in large crowds and were expected to be temporarily canceled when the theme parks reopened but not permanently.
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My heart is broken but also full. We made magic and stood for love. Wishes of love and peace to everyone who worked onstage and off to make this show incredible, entertaining millions of people. Thank you for teaching me so much and shaping me in ways that will last forever. We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us. -Marshall McLuhan. Frozen: Live at the Hyperion- Hyperion Theatre May 27, 2016- October 9, 2020 #frozen #frozenlive #frozenliveatthehyperion #flath #disneymagicmoments #loveisloveislove 📸: @joshuadavidvega
Laura Darrell who played the role of Anna in the production took to her personal Instagram to announce the closure saying “My heart is broken but also full.”
However Rosen remains optimistic telling the OC Register that it is still possible that Frozen: Live at the Hyperion and Mickey and the Magical Map could return. He adds, “An end of run notice means ‘technically’ that the shows are permanently closed, but Disney has sent end of run notices in the past and then subsequently reopened the show.”
Disneyland has also said that WHEN the theme parks do reopen, the Magic Happens fireworks show, Fantasmic and World of Color would remain closed in order to minimize crowds and promote social distancing.
Mickey and the Magical Map first debuted at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater back in 2013. Frozen: Live at the Hyperion opened in 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure.
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep checking in with us for further news and updates.
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Source: Orange County Register