Disney World attracts visitors from all over the world. Thousands of people of all ages, races, religions, and creeds visit the parks to escape the real world and simply be happy. Even if it’s just for a short time. The melting pot of visitors also makes it a target for protest. The Walt Disney Resort has been the target of two such protests recently.
Over the weekend, an apparent Nazi protest happened outside of Walt Disney World. The group of approximately 10 protesters were seen at the front gates holding flags bearing swastikas, and shouting racial slurs at cars driving by. One protestor held a sign that read “honk for white power.” Others held signs that urged Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to “make America Florida.” No arrests were made.
My grandfather is spinning in his grave. https://t.co/Qb5lV9ChbF
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) June 12, 2023
Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Roy Disney, took to Twitter to condemn the protest. She tweeted that her grandfather is rolling in his grave. However, it’s worth noting that while there is no evidence to tie Roy or Walt Disney to fascism, in October, the heiress appeared on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast and said something very different. During the interview, she slammed her great-uncle, accusing him of “rabid fascism.” Her grandfather Roy Disney was by Walt’s side during that time as an equal partner. This is not the first time Disney has been critical of her family.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released a statement earlier today condemning the message but defending the right to protest. “[The agency] deplores hate speech in any form, but people have the First Amendment right to demonstrate. And while what these groups do is revolting and condemned in the strongest way by the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Office, they did not on Saturday, to our knowledge, commit a criminal act,” the statement said. “They are looking for attention, and specifically media attention.”
The group has been identified as the Order of the Black Sun, a small and relatively new Neo-Nazi group. It’s believed that this was their first in-person gathering. Neither DeSantis nor Disney has commented on the Nazi Protest at Disney at this time.