A new unionization effort has been launched at Disneyland, this time aiming at organizing 1,700 employees who perform in parades and as costumed characters, along with their support staff. 

As reported by The Associated Press, union cards are being distributed to organize these Disney employees under the Actors’ Equity Association, which represents workers in theatrical works. The union is already established at Disney parks representing theatrical actors at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. 

David Levy, spokesman for the Actors Equity Association, told Courthouse News that Disney performers already had their hourly base pay raised from $20 to $24 after word of the union drive got back to Disneyland management. The prospective union, dubbed “Magic United,” listed safety concerns, guaranteed raises and scheduling difficulties among the reasons for the organizing effort.

In a statement to Courthouse News, Disneyland said, “We believe that our cast members deserve to have all the facts and the right to a confidential vote that recognizes their individual choices.”

Theme parks announce seasonal hiring events

Tens of thousands of seasonal jobs at theme parks will be filled in the coming weeks, judging by the slew of job fairs recently announced by parks.

In a coordinated blitz, most Cedar Fair put out press releases this week for job fairs taking place later this month, resulting in local media coverage for some 2,000 openings at Knott’s Berry Farm, 5,000 jobs at Kings Island and 3,000 positions at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.  

Some other parks made similar announcements this week, such as Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, which is looking to fill 400 open positions. 

Dorney Park changing area around new Iron Menace coaster

The debut of Dorney Park’s new Iron Menace roller coaster will come with a change to its surrounding land, which will be rechristened as Steel Yard. 

As revealed on Dorney’s official blog, the revamped area will feature a new gift shop called Steel Yard Gifts and an overhaul of the Dorney Grille restaurant into Iron Mill Grill & Bar. 

Concept art for Iron Mill (Dorney Park)

To fit with the new theme, the Cedar Creek Flyers attraction will be renamed as MT Buckets, and get a facelift to match the rest of Steel Yard. 

Iron Menace is the first new coaster at the Allentown, Pennsylvania park since 2005. The 160-foot-tall coaster is a dive coaster model built by Bolliger & Mabillard, similar to recently-built Dr. Diabolical’s Challenger at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Emperor at SeaWorld San Diego.