- Maddy Johnson, a University of Central Florida student who works more than 50 hours a week at Disney, said she's been employed by the park for five years and hasn't seen any significant raises. She makes $11 an hour as an attractions hostess at the Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris.
When she got word about the deal reached Friday, she said she cried.
"I work overtime to try to make ends meet," Johnson said. "I never thought I'd get to see an increase that's so historic, and so huge that's going to impact every Cast Member."
Disney reached a deal in July to lift the minimum hourly wage to $15 for 10,000 Disneyland workers in Anaheim, California beginning next year. That agreement also ended a long battle with union representatives.
This effectively doubles the starting wage at Disney parks. That's going to have a knock-on effect throughout the entire themed entertainment industry.