According to breaking news from the Disney Parks news page, the Walt Disney Company will be donating $1 million in cash to the victims and families of the Pulse, Orlando tragedy through the OneOrlando Fund. You can find out more about it and donate through their website.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer established the fund to help anyone who has been effected by the tragic events in Orlando. Any donations made by Disney employees will be matched through the Disney Employee Matching Gifts program, which is part of the Walt Disney Company Foundation.
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Chapek, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
Not only will the Walt Disney Foundation be working to raise funds on top of their initial donation, but the Walt Disney World Resort will be working closely with other Central Florida agencies and leaders to provide much-needed support and care. The resort has opened five OneBlood locations across the property and urges any employees and visitors who can to donate their time to this important cause.
Thanks to the City of Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, the Walt Disney World Resort will also be opening its doors to anyone effected by the events, providing free accommodations to friends and families of the victims.
According to People Magazine, the gunman had initially scouted Walt Disney World as a target. The park has since increased security, adding to the metal detectors outside of the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot that have been in place since 2015. Guests are also selected for random screenings.