Is Disney Becoming too Politically Correct?

It is interesting to me that by even asking that question, I may not be Politically Correct! To wonder if anyone has taken this non-offense initiative too far is to invite criticism. So when is being Politically Correct really too much?

The simple answer is: When it ignores history.

Take Song of the South for instance. This film is likely never to be re-released any time soon. It is apparently thought that it would spark more controversy over the racial problems of the past, and perhaps inflame some of the prejudices that still exist today. But I wonder if burying such a movie will make such controversy disappear? It’s unlikely.

    

The fact is that this film was made. It was released. It had an impact. And so I believe it should have a place in today’s society.

Take also the portrayal of smoking in Disney films. Now, I agree that we don’t need our children to see their favorite Disney character puffing away on a Virginia Slim. Can we imagine Ariel lighting up while relaxing on a rock after a hard day’s swim? Mickey pulling out a pipe on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and then breaking into a song all about the joys of smoking? Neither scenario is appealing!

Pinocchio enjoys (?) a cigar

But neither is denying that Disney characters have always been depicted as smokers if the story and situation called for it. Like Pinocchio when he was making an ass of himself:

 

Or Cruela de Ville with her iconic long cigarette holder. And we have to remember that Walt Disney himself was unapologetic about his own chain-smoking (although he did keep it off-camera.)

There was a series of TV commercials depicting Disney characters having bad experiences with smoking, like the aforementioned Pinocchio. The overlaying narration suggested that smoking was bad, so that is a good use of this old footage. But should this old footage be changed, perhaps edited out of the Classic films altogether? The answer appears to be ‘yes, as Disney is going through its Classic catalogue and removing such offending footage!

In conclusion, we might ask: Should the PC movement have the power to, not only ignore, but to change history? Maybe that should be the true controversy!

Primeval Whirl

24 Days: Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl is our choice for #Day24 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Get ready to spin back in time!

Hello everyone, and welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  Today we are taking a look at Primeval Whirl in our #DisneyWorldCountdown series!  This is a deceptively cool ride!  It’s a thrill ride, but it’s not just a tame roller coaster.  When you ride Primeval Whirl, get ready, because you are going to spin almost as much as you do on Kali River Rapids!

Primeval Whirl

Here is the Time Machine, your mode of transportation on Primeval Whirl!

Your mode of transportation starts with this baby — the Time Machine!  As you can see, she seats four comfortably — or perhaps uncomfortably depending on how much spinning you do!  This round vehicle will transport you back in time, to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth, just prior to their extinction!

Primeval Whirl

Get Ready. Get Set! Your Time Machine is taking you back to a time you won’t soon forget!

This ride is a lot of fun for me.  If you’ve ever been to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, there is a ride there called Goofy’s Sky School, and that attraction is built on the same spinning vehicle design as Primeval Whirl.  The ride feels like you are going to go flying right off the end of the track, but at the last moment, you turn, often in 90 degree turns, and that’s when the spinning begins!  Couple that with up and down small drops, and speed increases, and you know what?  You are in for the ride of your life!

I really like this attraction, and hope you do to, but tell me, is this your cup of tea, or do you go get a Jumbo Turkey Leg while others are riding?  Let me know in the comments, and in the meantime, here’s a bonus photo of Sophie eating that turkey leg!

Primeval Whirl

“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”