No matter how you vote or what you believe, can we at least agree that theme park design and decoration ought to be left to the professionals?
Twitter user disneyjail this afternoon posted a photo from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom of a large "Re-Elect Trump" banner that someone apparently had hung from the upper floor of the Main Street train station.
"The photos from multiple angles make this seem like a much bigger deal than it actually was. It was over before it started. Kudos to MK security for ending it without further incident," he wrote.
The incident follows one earlier this month when someone unfurled a similar pro-Trump banner during a curtain call of Disney's "Frozen" on Broadway. In that case, actor Timothy R. Hughes snatched the banner from the stage and threw it aside.
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What does it say about our country and politics when a man at the show tonight felt the need to protest Disney’s Frozen on Broadway with a pro Trump flag?? How frightening is it that our show’s messages of love, acceptance, and diversity have become the opposition to supporting Trump? The curtain call is a thank you between actors and audience, a final connection to end a shared experience. I will not apologize for how I responded to the disrespectful man trying to interrupt this moment with a pathetic political platform. Not at our show! Not in front of my beautiful, diverse, talented cast at @frozenbroadway. I appreciate everyone’s support. #resist #lovewins #lovetrumpshate
Oh, and let's not forget that shouting match inside the Hall of Presidents shortly after the Trump animatronic debuted.
Again, politics aside, neither you nor any other theme park visitor can improve upon the work of Disney's theme park design professionals. So leave your banners, signs, placards, and other decorations at home, and let's just enjoy the environment that the park pros have crafted for us, okay?
What about free speech? Well, this ain't the place for that. While the U.S. Constitution protects the right to protest in public, the Supreme Court held in the 1976 case Hudgens v. NLRB that the First Amendment does not guarantee free speech on private commercial property. The court upheld that decision in the 1980 case Pruneyard v. Robins, although it ruled that an individual state might grant more permissive free speech rights on private property that is freely open to the public. That case involved a California dispute, which is why you might have seen religious proselytizers sitting at tables in Anaheim's Downtown Disney. But the company's theme parks are not freely open to the public, which gives Disney the right to shut down any protest or unapproved activity inside the park gates.
Of course, Disney theme parks' popularity have made them attractive places for protest stunts in the past, most notably the infamous planned Yippie take-over of Tom Sawyer Island in 1970.
Hey, if we wanted politics and protest in the parks, we would have voted Pooh for President, right?Tweet
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