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Will Universal Orlando Change to Reflect New Cultural Norms?

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Will Universal Orlando Change to Reflect New Cultural Norms?
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Disney has announced a lot of projects that reflect a shift in cultural expectations. What about Universal? UPDATED to include statement from Universal Orlando.

Disney Changes

By now, you’ve probably heard about the upcoming changes to Splash Mountain.

Disney announced this change last year and explained that in addition to a desire to remove racially insensitive imagery from the parks, they also want kids growing up today to connect more readily with the characters in the ride.

Just don’t change that view!

Splash Mountain

In an effort to make more guests feel welcome and bring the ride into the 21st century, Splash will be rethemed to a Princess and the Frog ride.

A New Update for Splash Mountain Retheming and More Inclusion Projects will Happen

Kids today, and indeed “kids” my age, 37, have mostly not seen the movie on which the current Splash Mountain ride is based. But we do know and love Tiana and her friends.

Neither setting really fits in “Frontierland” at Walt Disney World (Georgia and Louisiana aren’t exactly frontier territories). But at least today’s kids can all enjoy Tiana and will love playing with her friends in this setting.

Universal Orlando

Over at Universal, there may be some need to update things as well, particularly in Seuss Landing.

Seuss Landing

It was announced this morning, March 2, that Dr. Seuss’s estate has elected to stop publishing 6 of the literary giant’s books. All 6 of the books include racially insensitive imagery, mainly against people of Asian descent.

The books are: To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, Scrambled Eggs Super, If I Ran the Zoo, On Beyond Zebra, Mc Elligott’s Pool and The Cat’s Quizzer.

At least three of these books are represented in Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

They have a Mulberry street store, McElligott’s pool and an If I Ran the Zoo play area for kids.

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If Universal wants to compete with Disney in terms of cultural relevancy, they will likely need to update some or all of these areas.

Update: Statement From Universal

Ashley Carter, a journalist with Spectrum News 13, reached out to Universal Orlando for a statement. Here’s what they said:

“Seuss Landing continues to be very popular with our guests and we value our reltaionship with Seuss Enterprises. We’ve removed the books from our shelves as they have asked and we’ll be evaluating our in-park experiences too. But our guests can plan on continuing to be able to enjoy their favorite experiences at Seuss Landing.”

What do you think? Will Universal make these changes? Should they? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

-Rebecca W Davis




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4 COMMENTS

  1. There’s a lot more important things to worry about then Dr Seuss or Splash mountain. I personally think Splash Mountain is iconic mainly cause I’ve never been to Disney, but I’ve known about that ride forever. Iconic things will never disappear I hate to tell people.

    People need to chill out. If people really wanna get fussy all of Disney should be shut down for racism. Ever single movie has a undercut of it somewhere, especially anything before the 2000s. Dumbo has the crows, Indians in Peter Pan, Speedy Gonzales and Pepe Le Pew, Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp, chop stick cat and Tom Cat in Aristocats(lot in this one cause it’s old old), King Louie in Jungle Book, Pocohauntus in general, Alladin and the songs, the hyenas in lion king were played by POC and disabled and controlled by a white British lion. Even the Princess and the Frog can be racists because every Disney moves turns a person of color into animal. Not to mention every princess sets a horrible example for girls if you wanna not be blind to it.

    So either cancel everything or get over it and move on.

  2. Just leave it alone……give it some thought who is the one who makes these decisions? The world has bigger problems than dr. Seuss.
    An while we are on the subject what about pirates of the Caribbean……seems like we are giving the pirates status…..you find something to pick on if you try hard enough. Everyone is trying to put today’s morals on another time …..if anything it is a learning experience……censorship is evil

  3. GEORGIA and Louisiana were frontiers at one time. By today’s standard Texas is not a frontier. I never felt comfortable watching Song of The South. By the same token, I never liked Speedy Gonzalez. Maybe Pecos Bill would have been a better cartoon to base it on!

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