Walt Disney World and the Actors’ Equity Association have been butting heads about the reopening of the theme parks. Disney previously said that they would love to reopen stage shows, but the Actors’ Equity Association has been pushing back.
Reportedly, the Actors’ Equity Association is requesting face masks and regular COVID-19 testing for all performers but Disney has denied these requests. Because of this, union members are not working and stage shows like Finding Nemo – The Musical and Festival of the Lion King have not resumed performances at Walt Disney World. In fact, the show “Up! A Great Bird Adventure,” which took place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, didn’t even reopen with the park and was replaced with the new show, “Feathered Friends in Flight,” due to Disney’s dispute with the Actors’ Equity Association, which represents performers in the resort’s stage shows, including the performers who played Russell, Dug, and Wilderness Explorer Troop Leader Jones.