The Cast Member Service Celebration that was scheduled to take place tonight at Magic Kingdom has been canceled. And it’s not the first time.
The celebration was originally planned for 2020 but was postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The celebration was rescheduled for tonight, but now, because of the weather forecast, the event will be postponed yet again–this time to the spring. Today’s weather forecast calls for very cool temperatures and a chance of rain, both of which could make a celebration feel less than celebratory. Thus, the decision to postpone the event was made.
Disney’s Cast Member Service Celebration aims at recognizing Cast Members who have amassed 10 years or more of service with Disney.
According to DisneyDiary, the annual Cast Member Service Celebration has roots that go back to 1965, when Walt Disney held an event for his staff at the Disneyland Resort in California. In 1965, Disneyland celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Walt Disney hosted an event for the Cast Members in celebration of their service at Disney’s new theme park as a way of recognizing and celebrating Cast Members’ hard work, and every year since then, Disney has held a celebration event for its Cast Members.
During the 2019 Cast Member Service Celebration at the Most Magical Place on Earth, almost 200 Cast Members celebrated the achievement of 40 years and more of service as Cast Members at Disney World.
For this evening’s scheduled event, Magic Kingdom had adjusted its operating hours, as shown on the Disney World website. Magic Kingdom is scheduled to close today at 4:30 p.m., as the Cast Member celebration was to be held at the theme park. Reduced operating hours for Guests meant that the park could accommodate the evening celebration.
As of the time of this post, Disney has yet to reinstate normal operating hours for Magic Kingdom, and there’s no change to the Magic Kingdom schedule of hours online.