Christmas is often considered the most wonderful time of the year. This of course is for many reasons. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s full of beautiful lights, presents, joy, and more. However, as the years go on, a holiday celebrated by the majority of Americans is slowly being canceled. Disney World is the next one on that list with the announcement that they will not celebrate Christmas in 2024.
Remember back in the early 2000s when classrooms would celebrate Christmas? The kids would make decorations for their house, learn to wrap gifts, and even watch a Christmas movie the day before break. Companies would also celebrate Christmas with Christmas parties around the office. Over the past few years, these have gone from Christmas celebrations to holiday celebrations. It’s a slow erosion of the beloved holiday. Disney is getting on board as well by no longer celebrating Christmas in their parks.
Disney Cancels Christmas
Christmas is canceled in all of the Disney World parks in 2024. This is due to the “controversial” nature of Christmas. According to an official spokesperson, “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party and all other Christmas celebrations will be canceled at Disney World next year. We recognize that there are more holidays than just Christmas and want to have a more inclusive celebration for all people and religions.”
What does this announcement mean? Disney will no longer host Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, as mentioned. This is a huge surprise because the party sells out every night and is a huge money maker for the mouse. However, a lot of times being progressive gets in the way of making a profit, and companies are okay with that. We saw this here with the announcement that anyone can use any bathroom at Disney.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Disney won’t have celebrations. In fact, the quote alludes to a more inclusive celebration. While nothing is confirmed, people are speculating that Disney will still put up lights, and trees, play music, and have parties. However, they won’t be tied to Christmas and will instead be for “the holidays”. It’s the classic cop-out move by companies. They know Christmas is important to a majority of Americans, but they are too afraid to actively celebrate it.
Reaction to Disney World No Longer Celebrating Christmas
There are strong reactions to the announcement that Disney World will no longer celebrate Christmas. A few folks are cheering this decision. They say there is no reason Disney should focus on Christmas. In fact, they believe every holiday should be celebrated at Disney World and that it took Disney way too long to make this change. Of course, this is the smallest group of people, but also the loudest, as expected.
On the other hand, the majority of people are upset by this decision. They cite that Christmas is celebrated by around 80-90% of Americans. They want Disney to recognize a holiday celebrated by the majority of the country. It’s seen as a loss by Disney, trying to please people who likely aren’t even their customers. This is like how they cast Jada Pinkett-Smith to play Rapunzel for no reason other than to please a few people.
Overall, the decision for Disney to get rid of Christmas in 2024 is sparking a huge debate. Most people are against it. Of course, Disney will still find ways to make a profit off of Christmas, just under the disguise of it as a “holiday celebration”. They want to try and please everyone, but will likely end up pleasing no one.
What do you think of Disney no longer celebrating Christmas in 2024? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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