So here's an interesting point I've been musing over...
Gas prices are dangerously flirting with $4/gal. We all know that by summer they'll have solidly pushed past that price threshold (and no doubt gone beyond). While this is affecting everyone, it's particularly hard on low wage earners. I think starting pay for CMs these days is $9.05/hr, isn't it? Or approximately 2 gallons of gas after taxes.
Given that a large percentage of the DL cast lives in far flung (and ostensibly cheaper to live) places like Riverside or Corona, how long can Disney sustain casting levels at the park at the current wage?
Seems a pity, since I think they only just raised those wages a couple months ago, but I'm thinking another wage hike may be unavoidable if gas prices stay this high. At some point those far-flung CMs are going to have to make some tough decisions about their commutes.
So Disney is probably going to have to start figuring out how to keep the parks fully staffed, with an all-OC applicant pool. Tough business, that. I wonder what they're going to have to pay to keep the park fully staffed with quality people?