Walt Disney was full of inspirational and famous quotes. In fact, one of his most famous quotes came during the dedication for Disneyland. He said, “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land.” This quote is even more relevant today with the announcement that Disneyland is now allowing homeless people to stay in their park.
Disneyland was the first Disney theme park to open in the world. It became an icon and led to the construction of six more Disney resorts around the globe. However, the one drawback of all Disney parks is the cost to visit. In fact, we reported here that Disney World may soon have free tickets. We are still waiting on that to happen. Meanwhile, over in Disneyland, homeless people can now get in for free and stay there.
Disneyland – Where Homeless Can Now Call Home
For the first time ever, Disneyland is opening its gates to the homeless population. They are letting homeless people camp out and spend their days and nights inside Disneyland. This is part of a new initiative by Disney to be more inclusive and welcoming to those who are “unhoused”. Disneyland understands and recognizes the struggles of these people and wants to offer them a safer place to stay.
As you may be aware, California struggles with homelessness. In fact, half of all Americans living on the streets actually live in California. Much of this can be attributed to bad governmental policy that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Because of this, Disney is looking to make some positive changes for those who are homeless by allowing them into Disneyland.
It won’t just be a free-for-all. In fact, Disneyland will have strict guidelines for the homeless people inside their park. First off, they will be restricted to the hub in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Disney wants to contain them in a small area instead of allowing them to roam around the park. Also, they will have to go through a strict security check before entering the park. This is to ensure the safety of other guests inside Disneyland.
Disneyland Homeless Controversy
Despite Disneyland offering to do a nice thing by allowing homeless people inside their theme park, many people have concerns. A lot of people worry they will be attacked or harassed by the homeless people living in Disneyland. They especially worry about this for their kids as they know Disneyland is a place for families and kids, or at least used to be.
People are also claiming this is going to make the park dirtier and feel less like Disneyland and more like Skid Row. In fact, based on early pictures, this isn’t too far off. This also forces Disney to spend more time cleaning up the area near the homeless people to make sure it abides by the Disney standard. According to internal sources, it’s been a struggle so far and the new program has just begun.
Meanwhile, we expect some people will pretend to be homeless to get into Disneyland for free. It’s not clear how Disney will avoid this issue and how big of an issue it will become. On the other hand, some people support Disney’s initiative. They think it’s great Disney is being more inclusive and giving “unhoused” people a place to stay and call home, especially at such a magical place.
What do you think of Disneyland allowing homeless people to stay in their theme park? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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