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Disney Promised a Greater Diversity

Disney Diversity, Orlando

Disney, Orlando. Amid last year’s national reckoning with racism and equity. The rumours emerged that Disney was forming a Diversity and Values Review Team to address. The problematic attractions. Now, the company confirms the second attraction. In less than a year will be updated. We’re learning new details about Disney’s internal review. At the top of the leaked list was Splash Mountain. Within two weeks of the list going public. The Disney confirmed that the attraction would get an overhaul. In order to celebrate its first Black princess, Tiana.

At the time of the leak, the spokesperson stated that the public list wasn’t complete. Also, they have expected updates to other attractions in the coming years. The most notably the Jungle Cruise. On Jan. 25, Disney verified that ride would also get a significant overhaul. In publishing the update to the beloved boat ride. The Disney quoted Imagineer Carmen Smith. The one who acknowledged the company’s push toward. The better design within its displays. Smith is no stranger to writing diversity within Disney attractions. Yet many fans know little about her. This may soon become.

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure exhibit opened in Epcot on February 1, 2021 - IMAGE VIA DISNEY

Disney Diversity Changes

Thanks to her wide-reaching influence. Smith may display one of the most important Imagineers in decades. Inside Imagineering, she plays a vital role in the editorial process. The attraction development. She’s already proved to be associated with two major attraction. The overhauls within Disney Parks. She’s also one of the main voices behind Epcot’s new Soul-inspired jazz-themed show. More than half a dozen other classic attractions. There are rumoured to be receiving updates. These in the coming years. It is assumed Smith will play a role in these projects as well.

Her role in the Splash Mountain redo put her on the radar of many fans. She has been pushing for more diversity within Disney for years. She led the project that became the Ideation Summit. As an internal event that encourages more diversity. Of people and ideas, within Disney. By 2015, the annual Summit hosted more than 2,000 cast members. Her lifelong mission of celebrating diversity. Has earned her worldwide attention and numerous awards. In 2020, she was ranked as one of the 10 most influential people. In the theme park industry by business news site Blooloop.

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Disney Leadership – Orlando

Like many of Disney’s higher-ranking positions. The leadership within Imagineering still lacks diversity. The group is now going to better serve within its plants. There have been some recent exceptions. A woman named Charita Carter. A black Imagineer is known for her interviews with diverse media outlets. Those such as Black Girl Nerds. She is heading the Splash Mountain reconceptualization. She’s also credited with leading something. The development of the popular Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction. The one which, after a successful opening at Hollywood Studios. It will now be developed for Disneyland in California.

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Disney’s actual CEO, Bob Chapek. He made headlines. Alongside with Executive Chairman Bob Iger and Latondra Newton. The company’s Chief Diversity Officer penned a public letter. It acknowledging the need for real change. In 2019, then still CEO, Bob Iger “vowed” to bring diversity. To Disney’s leadership, a sign that so far has remained mostly unfulfilled.

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