While there is a Santa shortage this holiday season due to many of them dying from COVID and others fearful of viral transmission from children, Disney Resorts in Orlando is thinking outside the box.
For the first time ever, Disney World is spreading the holiday cheer including Black Santas as part of its festivities at their resorts.
For the first time in its history, Disney is featuring Black Santas in its Christmas celebrations. https://t.co/1s0aKnnXTE
— 10 Tampa Bay (@10TampaBay) November 30, 2021
The company has not put out an official statement, but patrons quickly took to social media a few weeks ago.
Things are changing: @WaltDisneyWorld & @OldNavy are working to make #Christmas more inclusive with Santas of color.#BlackSanta #diverse #inclusivehttps://t.co/M3SwsW7oyg
— @DiversityInc (@DiversityInc) November 30, 2021
Most comments have been joyous, one person tweeted, “Thank u @disneyparks for the representation.”
At both Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a Black Santa has been spotted at certain meet-and-greets and at after-hours Christmas parties.
A Disney spokesperson told CNN that Santa Claus is represented in various ways in local and regional communities and around the world — and in that spirit, Santa Claus will reflect the diversity of surrounding communities at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.
Victoria Wade, a theme park social media influencer who is Black, tweeted about the inclusion of a Black Santa at Disney parks, writing, “Never in life did I think disney would actually put a black Santa in the parks.”
“‘Never in life did I think [D]isney would actually put a black Santa in the parks,’ said Victoria Wade, a theme park social media influencer.” https://t.co/lELR5yndZ8
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