Disneyland, Park’s First “Black Santa Claus” Appears



Introducing the first black Santa Claus in the history of the park at Disneyland and Disney World in the United States!



It is the first time that a black man has been appointed as Santa in Disneyland.


At Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA and Walt Disney World Resort (hereinafter Disney World) in Orlando, Florida, the first black Santa Claus to appear in the history of about 66 years. From now on, at Disneyland and Disney World in the United States, we will see both white and black Santas at Christmas parades and meet and greets.

@rozyqueenofcups This was my 2nd time seeing black Santa in the Christmas parade & I can’t express how magical it is. #disneyworld #blacksanta #representationmatters ♬ Still Falling For You – From “Bridget Jones’s Baby” – Ellie Goulding


Regarding this cast, a Disney spokeswoman said, “Santa Claus is expressed in various ways in communities around the world, and in that spirit, Santa Claus is also around Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. It reflects the diversity of the community, “he commented on an interview with CNN.


For about 66 years, Disneyland / Disney World has used the four keys of “Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency” as guidelines for serving guests, but this year. In April, Josh D’Amarro, head of the theme park division, announced on Disney’s official blog Disney Parks Brog that “inclusion” will be the fifth key.


In the future, the rules regarding the cast’s clothing and hairstyle will be revised to be gender-inclusive, as “We will rebuild the attractions to be more inclusive and celebrate the diverse and exciting story of the cast and fans.” In addition, reforms that emphasize diversity are steadily progressing, such as abolishing the phrase “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” that has been used in the announcements in the park for a long time and changing it to one that does not specify gender.