Disney is inadvertently promoting “too much inclusion” with multiple adult items currently being sold at the Parks. Would you dare to use the bizarre merchandise out in public?
The Walt Disney Company creates nearly-impossible-to-resist merchandise catering to all ages and tastes, from Minnie ear collectors to Spirit Jersey enthusiasts, fashionistas looking for the latest designer bags, Disney fans seeking out the perfect souvenir from their trip to Disneyland Resort, kids looking for their favorite Disney character to take home in an adorable plush shape, families looking for the most convenient items to beat the unpredictable weather during their visit to their favorite Disney Park, and so much more! However, some merchandise items released by Disney can be a colossal miss, with some even being mocked and sexualized online.
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Such is the case of multiple bizarre “adult” items Inside the Magic spotted during a recent visit to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, with several Guests being bold enough to use these items inside the Parks and even a couple asking where the intrepid Guests had gotten them.
We’re talking about costume accessories — or tails — inspired by “furry” characters from several Disney movies, including Sulley from Monsters Inc. (2001), Rocket from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and Meilin Lee from Disney and Pixar’s divisive film Turning Red (2022).
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These peculiar items can be worn by Guests of all ages, as the tails inspired by Sulley and Rocket have little to no tags and adjustable straps. However, the accessory set inspired by Meilin Lee from Turning Red states that the kit is an “adult costume accessory set” that includes gloves, a headband with red panda ears, and, of course, the furry red tail.
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While the adult costume tails are not explicitly aimed to promote “furry” preferences and wearing the bold accessories is not too different from wearing a pair of Mickey ears or Minnie ears at the theme parks, it is hard to ignore Guests walking around with a notorious tail wiggling around, and nearly impossible not to relate the accessories with the “furry” phenomenon.
Inside the Magic reported on a Disney campaign that backfired, as the internet tore a “Think Furry Thoughts” sign posted at a Walt Disney World Resort store apart. While the campaign aimed to promote Disney Tails, a line of merchandise for Disney fans’ pets, the poor choice of words sparked a hilarious conversation.
While the peculiar Disney merchandise items are sure to spark interesting conversations, Disneyland Resort and Disney Parks worldwide are safe places to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Guests are free to wear Mickey ears, Minnie ears, Disney character tails, hats, shirts, and any accessories they want, as long as they don’t interfere with Disneyland’s dress code rules and regulations, keeping a family-friendly environment and a safe visit as top priorities. You can click here to learn more about Disneyland Resort’s dress code policies and be better prepared for your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Do you think Disney is inadvertently promoting the “furry” phenomenon? Would you wear any of these Disney character-inspired tails at the Parks? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments below!