Alt-Disney: How An Imagineer Became a Scab During The ’84 Disneyland Strike
Updated: Aug 12
When thousands of workers walked off the job on Sept. 25, 1984, for the largest strike in Disneyland’s history, the theme park kept its gates open. Ride operators joined custodians, warehouse workers, ticket sellers and sales clerks on picket lines outside the Happiest Place on Earth, protesting the company’s proposed wage freeze and health-benefit cuts. Disneyland prepped for the strike by training clerical workers on how to operate rides and even considered flying in workers from its Orlando and Tokyo counterparts.
But when it came to Alice In Wonderland, Disneyland enlisted the industrial designer who actually built the attraction.
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