From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Thomas Smith
This International Yoga Day, all of us at Disney hope you and your family are staying healthy. We remain focused on providing our cast members with resources and offerings to promote self-care and wellness, whether they’re at a park or at home.
Today, just as dawn breaks at Shanghai Disneyland Resort, the park gates will open for more than 200 cast members to join Mickey Mouse and Disney Ambassadors, Fiona and Eleven, for sunrise yoga in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.
Over at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, yoga enthusiast and entertainment and costuming cast member Mandy led a virtual yoga class for cast members. Meanwhile, Disney Ambassador Melody encouraged cast from all over the resort to take part in the wellness celebration from the comfort of their homes!
While our Disney family at the other parks are busy preparing for reopening, we didn’t want our cast to miss out on the celebrations! That’s why we created ways to help them recreate our annual events from home. Disneyland Paris cast celebrated with a virtual yoga instruction facilitated by renowned yoga instructor Tara Stiles. This week at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, cast have access to yoga activities with different digital classes taking place each day. From introductory yoga for beginners to classes focusing on defined techniques like Restorative and Hatha yoga – there’s something for every cast member!
Last week we introduced you to some of our health and safety professionals who promote a healthy and safe environment at our Disney Parks and stores around the world, including Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Today, she shared a special reminder with cast members.
“It is a day that reminds us to slow down, breathe, and focus our attention inward,” shared. Dr. Hymel. “Now more than ever, it’s important for us to focus on our wellbeing.”
Follow @DisneyParksBlog on Instagram for an around the world takeover with our Disney Ambassadors! You can join in the conversation using #InternationalYogaDay and #DisneyBeWell on social media. And for even more ways you and your family can enjoy Disney magic from the comfort of your own home, check out our latest #DisneyMagicMoments.