Disney World superfan says firm’s ‘woke’ selections ruining visitor expertise

South entrance of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

A Disney World superfan is rethinking his dedication to the theme park large and its host metropolis over the corporate’s new “woke” insurance policies to foster a extra inclusive setting. 

In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, Jonathan VanBoskerck mentioned he and his household trip on the theme park yearly and spend “method an excessive amount of cash” in Orlando, Fla. However recently, he feels the park has capitulated to political forces whereas abandoning its mission of offering company with an immersion expertise. 

“Disney is forgetting that visitor immersion is on the core of its enterprise mannequin,” he wrote. “Once I stand in Galaxy’s Edge or Fantasyland, I do know I’m in a theme park however by immersion and my willingness to set the actual world apart, one thing magical occurs.

“That spell is damaged when the immersive expertise is shattered by the actual world,” he added. “And boy, has Disney been breaking the immersion.”

South entrance of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

South entrance of Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Messages to Disney World weren’t instantly returned. 

VanBoskerck, a Christian Republican from North Las Vegas, Nev., cited the brand new insurance policies that he mentioned allow forged members to show tattoos, put on inclusive uniforms and show inclusive haircuts. He additionally mentioned Disney was taking a “woke scalpel” to areas of the park just like the Jungle Cruise. 

The park removed Dealer Sam, the “head” salesman of the jungle, from the attraction’s remaining scene amid cultural sensitivity modifications, in keeping with WDW Information In the present day, which reviews on Disney park information. 

“The following time I experience Jungle Cruise I can’t be fascinated about the gloriously entertaining puns of the skippers, I can be fascinated about Disney’s political agenda,” VanBoskerck wrote. 

The opinion piece additionally notes modifications to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and statements from the corporate that it should change Splash Mountain due to its affiliation “Music of the South,” a 1946 movie that some say depicts adverse cultural stereotypes. 

Aerial view of Disney World

Aerial view of Disney World

He famous that companies have at all times made politically motivated selections, principally out of a “want to make a revenue, however typically it’s as a result of values of the individuals within the company.” The distinction right this moment is that the corporate runs to social media to tell everybody transfer had been made for political causes, he mentioned. 


On the finish of his piece, VanBoskerck warned Disney that clients will cease flocking to the park if it continues to place politics over the visitor expertise. 

“Disney World goes to lose us as clients if it continues down this path,” he mentioned. “I don’t need to have Disney World taken away from us as a result of Disney cares extra about politics than blissful company.”

When it launched its Disney+ streaming service final yr, the corporate didn’t embody movies or included warnings with sure movies that mentioned they might present adverse depictions or mistreatment of individuals and cultures. 

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