Conservative writer and mom Bethany Mandel has come to realize what this writer and others have known for decades: Disney is a creepy overpriced out of touch retro cartoon park that caters to very little kids and their PC parents. Anybody else who goes? Well, let’s just say they have lots of issues and leave it at that.
It's been several days now and @Disney has not responded to any of the criticism for their activism re Florida's new law nor to the videos released by @realchrisrufo. Seems like they've decided on their path going forward.
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) March 31, 2022
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Mandel: “Kids, we’re going to Disney World!” My husband and I made the announcement early last month. And now here we are, two highly political parents working in conservative media, watching Disney openly stake their position on issues we, as parents, care deeply about, namely the sexualization of children and childhood.
In leaked video released by CRT activist journalist Chris Rufo, we see Disney executives proudly explain in an all-hands staff meeting, “In my little pocket of Proud Family Disney TVA, the showrunners were super welcoming . . . to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda,” executive producer for Disney Television Animation Latoya Raveneau said in a leaked video obtained by journalist Christopher Rufo.
“Maybe it was that way in the past, but I guess something must have happened . . . and then like all that momentum that I felt, that sense of ‘I don’t have to be afraid to have these two characters kiss in the background…I was just, wherever I could, adding queerness,” Raveneau added. “No one would stop me, and no one was trying to stop me.”
Karey Burke, president of Disney’s General Entertainment Content, pledged to drastically alter the makeup of its characters, with at least 50 percent of its characters being LGBTQ or racial minorities by the end of the year.
My kids have taken a lot of hits for my political beliefs over their lives. Some might argue (myself included) that there have been too many. They’ve lost friendships when parents wouldn’t associate with us anymore, they changed teachers in a pottery class this week because the first teacher required masks and I believed it important to draw a line in the sand when it comes to masking low-risk children in low-risk settings two full years into COVID. So, I wasn’t going to take away a promised Disney trip because of these leaked admissions.
And then I priced out the tickets for our family of seven. The youngest two of our five children are still free, but the total for four days of just park admission is over $2,550. That’s not counting food, airfare, or the hotel. Just to walk into the parks for half a week is more than our mortgage. If we stay on site, that’s five figures. Quite literally, we could go to Europe cheaper. Why visit Epcot’s France when we could just visit France?
I had a realization when I ran those numbers. It became clear that my family isn’t the target audience for Disney any longer. My single girlfriends who visit Disney parks multiple times a year can actually afford to go. Our (admittedly large) family? Not so much…
Disney has chosen to honor the creative direction driven by a hyper-woke elite subset of their California offices. Time will tell how much the rest of us, wholesome American families, will take our money elsewhere. But I wouldn’t go buying Disney stock, that’s for sure.