Disney World will pay cast members for lost shifts due to Hurricane Irma

Disney World late last week announced to its cast members that it will pay for the lost shifts due to the powerful storm.

Irma caused Disney to close its theme parks for two days, only the fifth time in the resort’s history due to a storm. The resort hotels remained open and staffed.

The parks closed at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 and remained closed all day Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Every cast member who lost a shift those two days, whether union or not will be paid for a lost shift. If a Cast Member recorded the lost shift as personal holiday time, vacation or sick pay it will be noted as time worked, according to a note sent out to employees by Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis and first reported by LaughingPlace.com.

“I realize that this is an exception to our usual practices. We are doing this because Hurricane Irma was an exceptional storm, which produced extenuating circumstances,” Kalogridis wrote.

The Walt Disney Company earlier it would $2.5 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.