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New Incentive for Cast Members Receiving the COVID Vaccine

New Incentive for Cast Members Receiving the COVID Vaccine
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In an effort to encourage all Cast Members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Walt Disney Company is offering a magical incentive. Check out this great incentive below.

Cast Members in a Pandemic

When Walt Disney World reopened last July, many Cast Members were excited to return to work. In July 2020, I rode the Magical Express from the airport and arrived at Pop Century late in the evening. When I stepped off the bus I was greeted by Cast Members who were lined up clapping and shouting “Welcome Home!”

So many Cast Members that we met welcomed us back to the Parks and expressed that they were so happy to return the magic. We truly felt that the Cast Members missed the Disney Parks as much as we missed traveling “Home.”

Incentive For COVID Vaccine

One of the Walt Disney World’s Unions, Unite Here! Local 362, shared that a new incentive will be offered for those unionized Cast Members. Vaccinated Cast Members will qualify for 4 hours of pay simply for receiving the vaccine.

Cast Members receiving their COVID-19 vaccine between January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 will receive 4 hours of pay.

According to the latest announcement, Cast Members who have received or will receive the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines may qualify. This will include those that have received their vaccine starting on January 1, 2021 and will extend through September 30, 2021.

The announcement also states that Union Members “are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. All COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized and available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing the virus.”

Union Members “are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.”

Unite Now! Announcement

This seems like a great incentive to those Cast Members who have already received the vaccine or that are planning to receive the vaccine.

Future of Walt Disney World

Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, shared that the future of face masks is largely dependent upon the rate of vaccinations.  Face masks may still be necessary for the remainder of 2021. Although Chapek states that he doesn’t believe that face masks and social distancing will still be mandatory in 2022. Check out the full article from Bob Chapek HERE.

The speed of Cast Members receiving the vaccine will definitely aide in the return to less restrictive health and safety protocols.

What do you think of this incentive? Do you think the majority of Cast Members will receive the vaccine? Do you think this may lead to the decrease in restrictive health and safety protocols? Share you thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.


  1. I think it’s unfair to those who, because of personal, religious or medial reasons don’t take the vaccine. It’s not mandatory, but if they don’t take it, they are discriminated against in extra pay. Just another way for a company to “force” the vaccine on others.

    • Honestly, I see no discrimination in an employer saying they will pay you for time needed to get the vaccine. It’s not a bonus, it’s part of your time worked.

  2. This is a terrific move by Disney. Something the Covid-ignorant governor did not think of banning when he “banned” vaccine passports. Even though I am fully vaccinated, I am still nervous about visiting Florida because of the Petri dish of mutations and variants circulating through the population and the visitors. Knowing that Cast Members will most likely be vaccinated makes me feel more comfortable about visiting WDW.

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