Courthouse News: Disneyland Performers Launch Union Drive

More than a thousand performers at Disneyland — from those who dress up as Mickey Mouse, Captain Hook and Buzz Lightyear to dancers in parades and support staff — have launched an effort to unionize.

Organizers have begun circulating union authorization cards to 1,700 cast members. Should the effort prove successful, the performers union will be called "Magic United," and will be part of the Actors’ Equity Association.

"Pretty much every Disney cast member I’ve ever met loves working for Disney, loves being part of the Disney magic," said David Levy, a spokesman for the Actors’ Equity Association. "They just want the best working conditions possible."