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Theme parks, fans rally in support of Orlando victims and survivors

June 14, 2016, 1:19 PM · After maintaining silence since Sunday morning's rampage at a nightclub in Orlando, Disney Parks' social media accounts have returned to announce Disney's $1 million donation to a new fund set up to assist the victims of the attack.

Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer announced the creation of the OneOrlando fund to "raise and receive money to help those families most affected by the tragic events." Anyone can donate to the fund via its website, and Disney has announced that it will match donations made by its cast members.

Disney CEO Bob Iger had issued a brief statement of condolence after the attack, but it was sent to a handful of old media outlets and not published on the Disney Parks' blog, Twitter, or Facebook accounts, which made no posts between the time of the attacks and this morning's announcement. Universal Orlando, however, did post a note, following the announcement that one of its team members had been among the victims.

Universal Orlando team members and fans honored Luis Vielma, who had worked on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, with a wand raising moment in front of Hogwarts Castle last night.

Many other cast and team members at the Orlando parks have been posting to social media to show their support for the Orlando community, and especially to the gay and lesbian community members targeted in the attack.

And SeaWorld Orlando this morning posted photos of its employees' shows of support to its official social media accounts.

Universal Orlando teams members Luis Vielma and Xavier Serrano and Walt Disney World cast member Jerald Arthur Wright were among the 49 people killed in the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning — the largest mass shooting in recent American history.

Replies (2)

June 15, 2016 at 7:42 AM · What floors me about the Sea World tributes on Twitter is that the anti SW people just can't pass up any opportunity to yammer on about their agenda. Color me completely disgusted by this.
June 16, 2016 at 8:44 AM · Moved beyond words...it is proof there is still some love and good left in this world!

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