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A Semi-Inappropriate Disney Picture Debate

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I'm not sure if this image will push the limits of the Spark censors, and get taken down. Someone in Florida took this picture of a car parked in one of the Walt Disney World theme park parking lots. After laughing about it and showing it to friends at work (and yes, I work for Disney) we got into a heated discussion as to if Disney has the right to turn the car away at the gate and refuse entry.

Now, it's not advertising anything illegal. So even tho it may be lacking a certain amount of class, should Disney have told the car's owner that the advertisment is inappropriate for a Disney theme park. Should they have refused to allow the car on Disney property?
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  • SHEL_V2
    They could put up a privacy drape around any vehicle deemed to skankily-clad. I was just pondering the economics of advertising on my van, as I live close to Disneyland and have a parking pass with my annual pass. But any one parking spot, even one at the head of the row, would just not get that much foot traffic.

    They have yet to cite me for entering with a personalized license plate that does NOT reference Disney, like all the rest.
    2076 days ago
  • LPETRO119
    I actually don't have a problem with Disney refusing entrance to someone who shows up dressed as one of their characters. I get that it would be really confusing for a little kid to see 2-3 (or more) of any character running around the park. I'd also be concerned about the safety of the kids in that instance - they tend to go up to anyone dressed up as their favorite character.

    I question the apparent discrepancy between having the vehicle with scantily clad woman vs having equally clad women (OK, not necessarily bathing suits, but short shorts, revealing tops, etc) visiting the park.
    2237 days ago
    I have actually never been-had 4 kids but decided not to go
    and do not regret it-
    They can go now if they want-ages 14-20 -the 20 year old can take them
    ha ha
    anyway so..
    I think they certainly have the right as you say they do for inappropriate attire.
    But I don't know why they would
    Guess they just have to decide if it is a big issue or not. It is not an illegal ad and she not that bare...some of the characters in the Disney films have as much on
    And I think with all the exposure emoticon I do feel we are not making as much of a big deal about bodies-but I am an optimist
    2237 days ago
    It's a family place, I wouldn't want my kids to see that vehicle if I parked next to it. The company should be more respectable and show some class when around children.
    2237 days ago
    Well, Disney DOES have the right to refuse entry for what they deem inappropriate attire. I've seen them do it. And I have heard stories of people showing up at the Theme Park on Halloween dressed as a Disney character and being told they have to change or they won't be allowed in. So if a vehicle is decorated in what they consider inconsistant with a family oriented place, it wouldn't be a surprise.
    2238 days ago
    Yes, I would think they have the right to refuse entry. It is their property and if they have appropriate "attire" and / or behavior type caveats in place then legally I think they would be within rights. They have, I believe, refused entry to people wearing offensive slogan shirts (although I don't think they are consistent in applying this policy).

    Whether they should or not is a different question. Should they have refused entry they would have taken a huge amount of flak for it (which shouldn't necessarily sway the decision but we all know would). Given some of the outfits I've seen people wandering about in I'd have to say it would have been a bit hypocritical of them.

    My opinion is no, don't refuse entry. A "family" orientation aside they apply their policy inconsistently and really, it is not their job to "protect" children from seeing women in skimpy bathing suits. The image is not illegal, nor is the advertised service. It is sad as a society that we have these images touted as ideals, but Disney does not think for me and is not responsible for shielding such images from my sight or that of my children. That is my job.
    2238 days ago
  • LPETRO119
    I'm going to say no, Disney shouldn't have denied entry. 1st they tend to "idolize" the "feminine ideal" in many of their animated works - seems a little hypocritical. 2nd been to Disney, seen (ahem) "Ladies" in skimpy tops and short-shorts in the park who were apparently not asked to cover up.

    As I've seen similar pictures touted as various folks "goal" figure - doubtful that Spark would ask to have this pic taken down.
    2238 days ago
    I'm going to have to say 'no' Disney should not have denied the car's owner entry to park on their property. The image is.. well, all her important bits are covered, right?!

    It would be nice if, some day, our society stops making such a big deal about bodies, both nice looking bodies and not-so-nice looking bodies. As for Spark censors, I've seen images of much more scantily clad females being used for avatars. I seriously hope you do NOT catch any flak for posting this.

    I'm curious how the debate went with your coworkers!
    2238 days ago
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