Disney Cast Member Left Disfigured After Character Costume Stained Their Eyes Black

The entrance of Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort
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Disney character performers play a crucial role in bringing beloved Disney characters to life at Disney parks around the world. These talented individuals embody the essence of characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and a plethora of other iconic figures. Their dedication to their roles goes beyond just wearing the costumes; they immerse themselves in the personalities and mannerisms of the characters they portray, creating magical experiences for guests of all ages.

Character performers undergo rigorous training to ensure that they stay true to the character they represent. From the way they walk, talk, and interact with guests, every detail is carefully crafted to maintain the magic and authenticity of the Disney experience. Whether they are engaging in character greetings, participating in parades, or performing in stage shows, these performers are always in character, delighting visitors and creating unforgettable memories.

One of the most important parts of embodying a character is wearing the required costumes and makeup to physically look like the characters. These costumes can often be one of the most brutal aspects of working as a character performer. In the case of one Disney performer, it actually left her with a visible change.

Related: Mickey and Minnie Join the Picket Line: Disney’s Character Performers Ignite Fight for Union

Disneyland Cast Members

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Disney Cast Member Tells Her Story

Right now, many Disneyland Resort character performers and parade performers are voting to join the Actors Equity Union. This decision marks a significant turning point for these talented individuals as they come together to advocate for their rights and welfare within the entertainment industry. By considering this unionization, these performers aim to ensure fair treatment, better working conditions, and representation in negotiations with their employers.

In order to spread awareness of these issues, the members of the Magic United group for Equity representation released a video with More Perfect Union to enlighten the public about the realities of their positions. Many of the remarks are startling, including the one where a performer discusses the fact that their eyes were dyed after wearing the makeup for their costume.


Disneyland workers are exposing the reality of their jobs. “The magic starts to fade away and you’re just left with not being able to pay rent, permanent injuries, and management who doesn’t value or respect you.” Today they start voting on a union to bring the magic back. #labormovement #labor #workersrights #union #disneyland #disney

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Many fans have been taken aback by these claims. One Disney social media reporter, @DisneyDan, shared the video, saying:

“The cast member in this video is describing working as Mantis, wearing 18mm black contacts for her 10 hour shifts as Mantis. Her eyes were left stained by the black lenses she wore 4 days a week. F**King Yikes. How is this an issue that needs unionizing to solve? Cmon Disney.”

The Dark Truth of Disney

While these claims may be hard to hear, it is important for the public to be aware of the reality of working at Disney. While Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are incredibly magical, major changes still need to be made regarding the way they treat performers.

This movement reflects a collective effort to have the voices of cast members heard and to address any existing concerns regarding their roles at the resort. The journey towards unionization signifies a growing recognition of the importance of unity and solidarity among performers, highlighting the evolving dynamics within the entertainment sector.

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This pivotal moment underscores the dedication and passion that character and parade performers bring to their roles, emphasizing the value they contribute to the overall guest experience at the Disneyland Resort. As they navigate this process, these performers are demonstrating their commitment to fostering a supportive and equitable environment for all those involved in bringing Disney magic to life.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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