A column complaining that Disney World’s “complacency” is ruining the fun “because Disney cares more about politics than happy guests” drew a sharp backlash online this week.
The guest column, “I like Disney World a lot, but Josh is ruining the experience,” was written by Jonathan VanBoker and appeared online on Friday Orlando sentinel.
In the column, Mr. Onebosker of North Las Vegas writes that he is home to Disney World, Orlando, Fla.
“The more Disney moves away from Walt Disney’s values and vision, the less Disney World means to me,” Mr. VanBosker wrote. “Disney is forgetting that guest immersion is at the core of its business model.”
Disney has made changes to its parks in recent years to make them more “inclusive” and provide an experience that “all our guests can connect with and be inspired by”, it wrote in a blog post .
Between changes, Disney announced a “retemming” last year Of Splash Mountain, previously based on the 1946 Disney film “Song of the South”, in which a former slave recounts African folk tales.
Change has progressed with Disney’s parks such as Decision not to stream “Song of the South” on Disney.
Disney World reopened it Pirate caribbean ride in 2018, Replacing a scene that showed women selling pirates at an auction. The scene now refers to the sale of “the most prized possessions and belongings of the townspeople”, according to a blog post on the Disney Parks site.
In other changes, the company Announced that it was “building on the story” Jungle Cruise at Disneyland and Disney World features “new adventures, who love the experience we’ve had and live at the heart of more humor, wildlife, and the skipper – and the diversity of the world around us Also reflect and value. “
Jungle cruise rides include a An indigenous character named Trader, who sells shrunken heads. The character was recently removed from the ride.
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“We are addressing the negative portrayal of the natives in attraction,” Disney told Charm magazine.
In his Forest column, Mr. Onebosker said that Disney was “taking the wok scalpel” for a jungle cruise.
“Every big room finds that Trader Sam does not represent reality and is meant as a funny and silly caricature,” Mr. Onebosker wrote. “It’s no more based on racism than every Disney caricature of an out-of-touch white American dad.”
Mr. Onebosker, who described himself as a “Christian and a conservative Republican”, said that he and his family have been Disney customers for decades and in addition to annual visits to Disney World, the family also takes a Disney cruise every year. Or two. “
Las Vegas Review-Journal And court documents identified Mr. VanBoszek as Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney. The District Attorney’s Office and Mr. Onebosker did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
“VanBoskerck wrote that parks are less fun due to immersion and thus Anand returns to politics.” “Immersion should not be sacrificed at the altar of political correctness and should please the crowd on Twitter.”
Then there was a Twitter crowdfunding for Mr. Onebosker, whose comments triggered a sharp reaction online, including from some politicians.
Representative Val Demings, who represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District where Disney World is, Said on twitter She supported making Disney’s work more inclusive.
“I am proud to represent a community that is welcoming, tolerant, and always evolving to provide the best possible experience,” Ms. Deming said.
Florida State Legalist Anna V. Eskamani adopted a different approach On twitter.
“So this adult man from Las Vegas is crazy about removing Disney’s racist characters and animatronic rapists from his ride?” Ms. Eskamani said. “Did I get that right?”
Mr. VanBoskerck criticized other changes made by Disney One announced this month To allow “greater flexibility” for Disney employees regarding “forms of personal expression” such as nails and hair styles and visual tattoos.
“The problem is, I’m not traveling around the country and paying thousands of dollars to see someone I don’t express myself to,” he wrote. “I am for an immersion and imagination, not the reality of a stranger’s self-expression. I do not congratulate these people for their individuality and I wish them to be good in their personal lives, but I do not want to express my individuality at my place of business. ”
Disney announced in a blog post Josh D’Marro, president of Disney Parks’ Experiences and Products, wrote that this change would allow its artists to “express their cultures and personalities at the workplace”, and for the company to “remain relevant in today’s workplace.”
Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Mr D’Amro wrote that it was being decided among the many ideas in the park “to be inclusiveness and more focused for our artists”, after listening to the artists about their idea, Mr D’Amro Wrote
Mr. Onebosker wrote that the next time he rides a jungle cruise or sees Splash Mountain, he will think about Disney’s political agenda.
“It’s a mood killer,” he wrote.