Disneyland Removes Patriotic Speech From Anniversary Celebration

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Disneyland Removes Patriotic Speech From Anniversary Celebration

By Movieguide® Contributor

Disneyland recently removed a recording of a patriotic speech given by Walt Disney from their anniversary celebration. 

When the park first opened in 1955, Disney welcomed visitors with this speech:

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world. Thank you.

This year, the video of the speech was removed from the park’s 67th anniversary celebration. 

There has been no official word yet on why the speech was dropped, but many assume it is another progressive move from the entertainment company, which continues to push anti-biblical and anti-American values. 

Movieguide® previously reported:

Disney has touted its ability to stay in the middle of the road regarding politics, catering to many diverse markets.

However, as political correctness becomes mainstream, Disney has struggled to avoid taking a stance on political issues in particular.

Notably, Disney, which owns Lucasfilm, dropped actress Gina Carano from the hit Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN.

Although the political motivation for their decision is blatant, Disney claims to be an unbiased party that champions diversity.

“The fact is that we have a tremendous opportunity now to bring this country back together and unite people,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said. “One thing we can all agree on is the power of Disney to unite us all.”

Although Chapek did not name Carano or THE MANDALORIAN, he noted Disney’s commitment to non-partisan entertainment.

“I don’t really see Disney as characterizing itself as right-leaning or left-leaning,” Chapek said.

Chapek added that Disney stands for “values that are universal” and pursues “content that is reflective of the rich diversity of the world that we live in.”

Unfortunately, Disney has a limit on diversity.

Disney has also slapped content warnings on popular movies and television shows like PETER PAN, DUMBO and even THE MUPPETS SHOW.

For decades, fans on both sides of the political aisle have enjoyed Disney’s timeless classics and influence in entertainment, digital or otherwise. But as Disney grows, decisions to cancel specific voices will alienate audiences.

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