It’s the biggest mass shooting in America and it happened in Orlando where many Walt Disney World cast members work and live. So it was good to that see Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement regarding the attack:
We are all heartbroken by the tragic and horrific events in Orlando, and offer our thoughts, prayers and support to everyone in our community affected by this senseless act.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts employees more than 74,000 cast members in the Central Florida region.
We know from other reports that the Pulse Nightclub was a popular hangout for many Disney cast members along with other theme park employees. We fervently hope that all who may have been in attendance last night escaped without injury.
Update: we’re sad to report that we’re hearing about theme park workers who were killed in the attack. Universal Orlando Resort lost at least two cast members. They are being remembered today by the resort and their co-workers. Additionally, we are working to confirm reports of at least three Walt Disney World cast members who were killed or are still missing. (added 6/13/2016 at 2:20pm ET)
Update: We also note that Disney park’s social media accounts and blog have been silent since they posted the message from Disney CEO Bob Iger on Sunday. We have no confirmation, but suspect it’s out of respect for the cast who are obviously mourning their lost family and co-workers.
You may have seen the following image going around social media today.
It’s a collage of photos of various Orlando area theme park performers making the heart sign with their hands to show their solidarity with the community.
Artist Karen Hallion:
Disney Blogger Nicole:
— Nicole (@SparklyNicole) June 12, 2016
The Orlando Eye is lit up in support of the victims:
— ICON Park (@iconparkorlando) June 13, 2016