Pride Photo Walls Here To Stay At Disney World Through July!

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Disney Cast Members in front of LOVE Pride wall at Disney World.

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Haven’t had a chance to celebrate Pride Month at Walt Disney World Resort this June? Not to worry!

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Though many of Walt Disney World’s Pride treats are going away after June 30, one particular Disney Park Pride offering is here to stay through the end of July.

Disney Cast Members march in OC Pride.
Credit: Disney Parks YouTube

According to Disney Parks Blog, Pride photo walls will stay at Walt Disney World for another month due to popular demand:

And if you haven’t had the chance to experience the Pride Walls and photo opportunities across Walt Disney World, I’m happy to share that, due to popular demand, you’ll be able to enjoy many of them through July!  You can also continue to Share Your Pride year-round with a selection of Pride-related Disney PhotoPass enhancements, select merchandise, and custom embroidery. 

Collage of Pride-themed Walls at Walt Disney World Resort
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

The Walt Disney Company also announced that Aulani Resort Cast Members will participate in Honolulu, Hawaii’s Pride parade for the first time this October! This Parade will mark Cast Members’ participation in over a dozen Pride parades in 2022.

Related: Disneyland Resort Pride Celebrations Continue with ‘Love, Victor’ Cast

Disney’s Pride celebration was the biggest ever this year. Disneyland Paris held Magical Pride nights, and The Walt Disney Company renamed the Rainbow Disney merchandise collection to Disney Pride for the first time. Through June 30, 100% of the collection’s profits will go to organizations benefitting LGBTQIA+ youth.

Disney Pride Wall
Credit: Disney

The Walt Disney Company’s Pride celebrations come amid tension with one of its home states, Florida, and Governor Ron DeSantis, following the Parental Rights in Education Act – also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Related: Abigail Disney Slams Disney, Says They Are “Complicit” With Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

Disney remained silent at first, leading to protests from Cast Members and LGBTQIA+ Disney fans. When Disney released a statement, embers of the LGBTQIA+ community were frustrated, as it didn’t directly mention or condemn Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Pixar staff wrote The Walt Disney Company a letter asking the company to take a stronger stance against the bill.

Credit: State of Florida Office of the Governor

One day later, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek called Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to tell him that Disney does not support the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which was later passed and signed into law. Disney promised to pause political donations in Florida due to the controversial bill after donating $4.8 million to Florida campaign funds in 2020.

Related: Gay Days Takes Over Disney World Despite Florida Battle

Considered retaliation for The Walt Disney Company’s firm stance against the “Don’t Say Gay” law, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis quickly introduced and passed legislation to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Since 1967, the District has allowed Walt Disney World to operate private, municipal services.

Reedy Creek Fire Department
Credit: Reedy Creek Fire Department Website

If lawsuits against the bill fail, Walt Disney World will lose Reedy Creek in 2023. Despite the conflict, the Walt Disney Company is not backing down from supporting its LGBTQIA+ fans and Cast Members.

Are you headed to Walt Disney World Resort this July? Keep an eye out for the Pride photo walls! 

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