Shop local, shop small with 55 dazzling gift options made by laid-off Disney cast members


It's hard to believe Orlando's Disney cast members could impress us any more than they already do, as the create magic effortlessly for park visitors day after day, acting as Central Florida's economic engine and making it look like, well, a walk in the park.

But now, as Disney lays off thousands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, they're impressing us even more with their fortitude, resilience and personal creativity. Did they lie down and cry? No they did not — they stood up and got to work, turning hobbies and side hustles into moneymakers while they figure out what to do next.

You can support these heroes by ordering this year's holiday gifts from them. Here's a list of storefronts operated by ex-theme park workers, who came together in a Facebook group called Ear For Each Other. Let's be ear for them now.

Accompanying story: Orlando's laid-off theme park workers are making magic for the holidays

Gallery by Holly V. Kapherr Alejos