What We’re Talking About: Disney and Vaccines, HHN Icons, & More

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What We’re Talking About – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

Disney will be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly workers in the U.S. to be fully vaccinated by the end of September.

Julia shares: More of this, please. This doesn’t actually change a whole lot — within the salary and non-union roles in Disney, vaccination rates are high because it’s hard to fit into the Disney way and not be a person who sees the value of working well with others. When it comes down to it, Safety is the first key. This is just an application of that.

 

Joe also chimes in: Companies are starting to see the writing on the wall: insurance will not cover COVID and having large parts of the company unvaccinated will lead to high premiums. Glad to see them make this choice and I hope other theme park companies follow suit.


The  Walt Disney Animation Studios is going to be opening a new facility in Vancouver, BC that will focus on long-form series and special projects for Disney+. The first project? The Disney+ series, Moana.


Are you enjoying The Bad Batch, that new Star Wars series on Disney+? Well, good news! It’s coming back for a second season!


Get ready to spend more time quacking. That’s because The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers was also picked up for a second season.

Amy is excited about this move: I’m glad to hear this! It’s cheesy, but fun. And Lauren Graham is great, as always!


Universal Orlando has announced their next haunted house in their Halloween Horror Nights line up and this one will feature top icons from past Halloween Horror Nights. The house will be named Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured and it will be an original house that will feature Jack the Clown, Chance, the Usher, the Storyteller, the Caretaker and more iconic favorites. This will be a nightmare…you know…it a good way. 😉  

Joe is looking forward to this house: I’m super excited to see this house as I’ve only been to years that featured Jack and Chance as Icons. What really intrigues me is the Icon that will be “victorious” as the best icon at the end, seems like there will be several different endings?

 

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3 thoughts on “What We’re Talking About: Disney and Vaccines, HHN Icons, & More

  • August 6, 2021 at 11:28 am
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    Wait, “non-union hourly workers”, does that mean union hourly workers don’t need to get vaccinated? Or are all union workers salaried?

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    • August 6, 2021 at 11:30 am
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      Because union workers have negotiated contracts, there’s no sort of “here’s the new rule” that can be implemented without negotiations. Once the unions and Disney management get everything squared away, there should be requirements for union hourly workers to be vaccinated. (The negotiations are probably things like when the start date would be, and how much paid leave would be provided for getting vaccinations, plus any sort of financial benefit offered by the company for them to get vaccinated and the procedures for letting go union workers who are unwilling.)

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      • August 6, 2021 at 4:35 pm
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        Thanks for the follow up! I figured it was something like that. Not sure how big a chunk of their employee population falls in this category, but I imagine it’s not insignificant. Will be interested to see how it plays out.

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