Disney heiress ashamed of Disneyland


Family heiress Abigail Disney recently visited the park undercover and said she was left disturbed by her findings.

Speaking with Yahoo, Ms Disney said she went to the park after she was contacted by a Disneyland employee who had complained about their working conditions.

When she went to the park, she said other employees told her a similar story: “I don’t know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people’s garbage.”

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris. Picture: News Corp AustraliaSource:Supplied

Disney heiress Abigail Disney is concerned for park employees. Picture: Facebook

Disney heiress Abigail Disney is concerned for park employees. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

Ms Disney, an activist and filmmaker, said the visit to Disneyland left her “so livid” to learn that the company that uses her family name did not respect its workers enough.

While she doesn’t have an active role in the company, she called upon Disney CEO Bob Iger to boost the wages of Disneyland employees.

Ms Disney said she emailed Mr Iger with her concerns but didn’t get a response.

“Bob needs to understand that he is an employee just the same as the people scrubbing gum off the sidewalk are employees, and they’re entitled to the same dignity and human rights that he is,” she said.

Miley Cyrus poses with Disney characters at Disneyland California. Picture: Getty

Miley Cyrus poses with Disney characters at Disneyland California. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Mr Iger earned $US66 million ($AU94 million) last year while the average Disney employee earns about $US46,127 ($AU65,857).

Earlier this year Disneyland California workers were granted a payrise after a union representing 10,000 employees penned an agreement with Disney to raise wages to $US15 an hour. Previously minimum wage employees at the park were paid $US11 an hour.

The deal meant employee minimum pay would rise to $US15.45 in June 2020.

Last year US politician Bernie Sanders wrote a scathing opinion piece in The Guardian, saying Disneyland workers were “being ruthlessly exploited by Disney.”

Mary Poppins smiles at a child outside Cinderella’s castle, Disneyland. Picture: Supplied

Mary Poppins smiles at a child outside Cinderella’s castle, Disneyland. Picture: SuppliedSource:istock

Disneyland CEO Bob Iger with Star Wars creator George Lucas. Picture: Getty

Disneyland CEO Bob Iger with Star Wars creator George Lucas. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Is Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth? Picture: Disney Parks

Is Disneyland the Happiest Place on Earth? Picture: Disney ParksSource:Supplied

“While Disney’s profits soar through the stratosphere and its CEO receives an unimaginable amount of money, the wages and benefits for its workers are atrocious,” Sen. Sanders wrote.

“The people who walk around all day in Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck costumes, the workers who prepare and deliver the food, the men and women who collect tickets and manage the rides, make wages so low that they are barely surviving.”

Ms Disney has also called on the US House Financial Services Committee to prevent sky-high CEO pay compared to other workers.

She said she is OK with being taxed more and would happily lead by example: “I have more than enough … and if you’ve got $1 billion, there’s not a thing on this earth you can’t afford.”



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