Disneyland Employees Report Low-Pay Hardships

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Disneyland Paris accounts for 6.2 percent of France's tourism income alone, according to Disney, which described the expansion plan as "one of the most ambitious development projects" in the park's history.

"I've been 29 years with Disney".

The average hourly wage for Disneyland resort workers actually went down by 15 percent between 2000 and 2017, from $15.80 to $13.36 after adjusting for inflation.

A survey of 5,000 workers at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California found that many were unable to afford basic food and medical expenses.

In fact, economic hardships aside, most of the employees - about 80 percent - expressed satisfaction with the work itself, saying they are "proud" of what they do at the resort, according to the survey.

As a result, 74 percent of employees, and 80 percent of those with children, say they can not afford basic expenses every month. "I work all day serving delicious food to people, yet I'm often hungry because I'm skipping meals", Shevlin said. "I recently had to work Monday-Saturday and had 1 day off (Sunday) just to pay bills". "If I didn't have my husband to help with the bills and other life expenses, I would be living out of my vehicle, or worse, homeless", an anonymous merchandise host said in the survey, which was conducted in October 2017.

Disney denounced the survey as inaccurate and said it does not reflect the feelings of the 30,000 employees or "cast members" at the resort. "At work, I'm a clean, happy person, but when I leave and get in my auto, I become a sad, unhappy person who doesn't always know where they're going to sleep". "I expect to be able to not worry, to not stress, about having food to eat and a roof over my head", she said. While the company's specific plans are unknown, Disneyland Paris will start to introduce a Marvel element from this summer with characters appearing at the park and a Marvel-themed hotel opening in 2020.

The average annual wage paid to full-time, hourly cast members in 2017 was approximately $37,000; a group that includes union and non-union employees, the statement said.

"While we recognize that socio-economic challenges exist for many people living in Southern California, we take pride in our employment experience", Brown told the Register.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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