As Orlando, Florida saw the fatality of 50 people this weekend in the worst mass shooting in US history, Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company released a statement saying:
“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 have more than 74,000 employees living in the Central Florida region.
The Disney Blog reports that Pulse Nightclub was a popular night spot for many cast members and other theme park employees, and there is a high likelihood that many attendees at Pulse on Sunday morning were employees of the theme park and hotel franchise.
Disney World is known for supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Every first Saturday of June, the theme park hosts the annual 'Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom' with LGBT+ group Gay Days. This year, pop singer Kesha performed and helped a gay man propose to his partner in front of the crowd.
In light of the tragedy, the theme park has increased their security measures. Disney World Orlando installed metal detectors in December 2015 but did not require all people to go though them. Since the mass shooting, however, reports have said that the theme park has been requiring every visitor to go through rigorous security processes, including thorough bag checks and walking through the metal detectors.