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‘Night Of Joy’ Cancelled And, $15 An Hour For Cast Members? | Trending 5.7.18

Walt Disney World cancels a popular event after 35 years. Is $15 an hour a reasonable wage for theme park employees? We’ll cover that, and your parks forecast for this week on Trending.


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Walt Disney World cancels a popular event after 35 years. Is $15 an hour a reasonable wage for theme park employees? We’ll cover that, and your parks forecast for this week on Trending.

I’m Kory, it’s Monday May 7th, 2018 and this is trending. All of the latest news and rumors from the parks, every Monday from the no midnight podcast channel.

Walt Disney World made a shocking announcement this week cancelling an event that has been running on the property for 35 years. The event is called Night of Joy, and it targeted a very specific audience…Christians.

WDWINFO reports that the Night of Joy event will not take place in 2018 and no plans exist to bring another Christian music festival back.

A spokeswoman from Disney confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel late last week that“Last year was our last event.”

Night of Joy began in 1983 and attracted huge names in Contemporary Christian music, and their fans to Walt Disney World for 35 years. No reason was given for the cancellation. If you are a Christian Music fan, check out Universal Orlando’s ‘Rock The Universe” concert series this September.

S: http://www.wdwinfo.com/news-stories/walt-disney-world-cancels-night-of-joy-event-for-good/

Some potential progress made in the standoff between a union representing 38,000 Walt Disney World cast members, and the Disney Company. According to WDWINFO, “The unions have been insisting on a minimum wage of $15 an hour, and according to WFTV, Disney has offered to meet that demand by 2021.

The deal has not been set in stone yet as Disney is looking to re-negotiate some of the other terms in their contract, such as overtime pay.

Disney confirmed that it offered to pay the employees at least $15 per hour by 2021 and said it wants to renegotiate certain terms of the contract as part of that offer.’

Hopefully both sides can come to an amicable agreement but honestly Disney…it’s time. It’s just time.

S: http://www.wdwinfo.com/news-stories/disney-offers-to-raise-cast-members-pay-to-15-per-hour-by-2021/

Construction continues on Walt Disney World’s new gondola transportation system called Skyliners. It’s always fun to see new photos of the progress. WDWNT did a fantastic photo update of the progress on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios station, we’ll link to that in the show notes at NoMidnightPodcast.com

SN: http://www.wdwinfo.com/news-stories/disney-offers-to-raise-cast-members-pay-to-15-per-hour-by-2021/

A couple of interesting rumors making the rounds this week including that Mary Poppins attraction for Epcot’s UK Pavilion…we could see construction start as early as this fall. Also at Epcot, the new nighttime spectacular slated to replace Illuminations: Reflections of Earth by 2021 will reportedly be called Windows of the World and involve fountains and drones. Strange work is still going on at Wonders Of Life Pavilion, and Guardians of the Galaxy should be open on time in 2020.

Zooming across the country to Disneyland for one of those IT’S ABOUT TIME rumors. Disney execs have finally accepted the reality that the abandoned People Mover tracks through Tomorrowland need to be removed. This project could be on the fast track to begin this fall.

S: http://www.wdwinfo.com/walt-disney-world/disney-rumor-round-up-april-2018/

Crowd levels look normal at Disneyland and the other southern California parks this week. Just note that Thursday and Friday are Grad Nite at Disneyland. Expect larger than average crowds there.

At Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the other Central Florida Parks, crowds will be pretty normal there too with just a slight spike on the weekend. If you can go to the parks on a weeknight, do that. It’s your best bet.

As for refurbishments, Pirates is still down at Disneyland getting a new redhead. At Disney California Adventure work continues on Pixar Pier, but the rest of the park is up and running. In Orlando, Liberty Square Riverboat and Castle Couture are closed for updates, and the American Heritage Gallery is still down at Epcot.


And that’s trending for Monday, May 7th 2018. If you get a chance today, head over to the Network1901 Podcast Channel and catch me on The DCC with Dale Wentland. We’ll link the episode in the show notes.

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Until Wednesday night, I’m Kory…have a great week!

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