On Tuesday, on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) it was announced that Dr. Seuss Enterprises will stop publishing and licensing six of their books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” In an article written by Spectrum News, the company released this quote, “Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families”.
With Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando featuring shops and play areas with the books pulled questions were geared toward the theme park if changes would be made in the park. Universal released the following statement, “Seuss Landing continues to be very popular with our guests and we value our relationship with Seuss Enterprises,” a Universal spokesperson said in a statement. “We’ve removed the books from our shelves as they have asked and we’ll be evaluating our in-park experience too. But our guests can plan on continuing to be able to enjoy their favorite experiences at Seuss Landing.”
The locations are The Mulberry Street Store, the Mulberry Street sign, and a play area that is themed after “If I Ran the Zoo”. There is no word if they will retheme those areas or completely redo Seuss Landing. With their relationship with Seuss Enterprise, we will speculate those areas are rethemed. We will say there are areas in Seuss Landing that are in desperate need of a refurbishment anyway.
We will continue to monitor the changes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and report any further news from Seuss Landing.
Information is from Spectrum News 13.