A beloved Disney attraction might be facing the end of its run due to a nationwide demand for changes. Since Disneyland Resort opened its gates in 1955, it has created magical memories for guests with its iconic attractions, immersive lands, and character interactions. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World in Orlando also stands tall as one of the most visited family destinations, drawing in millions of guests yearly.

However, both parks may have to confront a significant alteration. Earlier this year, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) reached out to Aaron Landrum, President and CEO of Chance Rides—the country’s largest amusement ride manufacturer—with a call to cease the production and sale of animal-themed carousels. PETA argues that these rides perpetuate the idea of using animals for entertainment, which they claim often involves cruelty and mistreatment.

The organization has proposed replacing the traditional animal figures on carousels with shapes like cars, airplanes, or whimsical designs such as shooting stars and rainbows. They’ve also pushed a petition urging manufacturers to adopt these changes, citing the societal shift towards more compassionate treatment of animals. Should this movement gain momentum, it could mean transformations for classic Disney attractions, including the King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland and the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Magic Kingdom.

Beyond carousels, horses have been integral to Disney park experiences since their inception. Main Street, U.S.A., for example, has always featured horse-drawn streetcars. However, incidents and social pressures have occasionally sparked debates on whether it’s time to retire the use of horses in Disney parks altogether.

What are your thoughts on PETA’s request? How do you think it will impact Disneyland and Disney World? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join the conversation with fellow Disney enthusiasts!

Source: Inside the Magic