Disney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney Leaders

Civil unrest occurring across the nation has prompted action from Disney as Orlando and Orange County institute a curfew following nights of rioting over the death of George Floyd. Disney Springs will be closing early until further notice to allow guests and cast members the ability to make it home in time. Disney Company leadership CEO Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Bob Iger, and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company Latondra Newton also released a joint statement to Cast Members regarding this time of civil unrest.

Disney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney LeadersDisney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney Leaders

Disney Springs has updated their closing time on the official website to 7:00 pm starting Sunday, May 31st and continuing until further notice. The website states that this move has been made to allow cast members, operating participant employees and guests time to return home before the 10:00 pm curfew. Disney Springs is currently the only area of Walt Disney World that is open as theme parks and Disney Resort Hotels remain closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

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In response to the recent events of civil unrest, the Walt Disney Company has also released a statement addressing their approach and stance on "issues of racial disparity."

Resolve in a Time of Unrest: A Message to Fellow Employees

    Dear Fellow Employee,

    The recent killing of George Floyd as well as other instances of lethal attacks and harassment of unarmed black citizens in our nation continue to drive outrage and calls for action by people of all cultural backgrounds, including many of our employees. Feelings of grief and anger cause us to confront the inscrutable idea that the lives of some are deemed less valuable - and less worthy of dignity, care and protection - than the lives of others.

    While these devastating incidents are not new, there's something unique about what's happening in this moment. The pandemic coupled with these recent injustices have pushed the issues of racial disparity into the open.

    We, too, are struggling to make sense of the recent tragedies that leave us feeling overcome with sorrow. While we don't have all the answers, we resolve to use our compassion, our creative ideas and our collective sense of humanity to ensure we are fostering a culture that acknowledges our people's feelings and their pain. We also realize that now more than ever is the time for us all to further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion everywhere.

    We intend to focus our efforts and resources to compassionately and constructively talk about these matters openly and honestly as we seek solutions. We intend to keep the conversation going, not just today, but for as long as it takes to bring about real change.

    Bob Chapek, Bob Iger & Latondra Newton

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