We’ve talked several times about how politics and theme parks often collide here at Theme Park University. As predicted, someone shouting at a robotic Trump in the Hall of Presidents was not going to be the last time we saw radical behavior in the Magic Kingdom. Today we have a new chapter in the saga. This time a guest brought in and briefly held up a “Trump 2020” banner on Main Street USA on the second floor of the Main Street Train Station.
The above picture was taken around 4:00 pm on September 23, 2018. It appears that two guests are holding up a giant banner supporting Donald Trump for President in 2020. (Edit: I do not know who originally took this photo, but if you’d like credit, I’ll be happy to include it). In case you were wondering, this is not photoshopped. As a matter of fact, the guest who brought the banner in the park and held it up captured it all on Facebook live.
Indeed, Dion Cini actually captured the entire ordeal on Facebook live as it was happening. Below is a capture of that Facebook live stream.
According to Cini, he snuck the banner in the park past security and had planned to fly it above the first level of the Main Street Train Station.
It seems that he expected security to come and have him take it down pretty much immediately as he mentions it several times in the video. As seen in the shot above, of the nearly six-minute video, the actual “Trump 2020” banner was shown on Main Street USA for right around 60 seconds.
Within about 30 seconds, guests who Cini was filming down below started (what sounded like) booing at him and the banner. Either way, it didn’t seem that security didn’t tell him to put the banner away, but someone from what looked to be from Guest Relations came up to greet him. Since City Hall is only a few steps away, it seems someone from their team quickly stepped in.
Within seconds, the banner was folded up and Cini ran downstairs to the first floor of the Main Street Train Station where he was certain Walt Disney World Security was after him. Did they meet up with him? We aren’t sure as the video doesn’t seem to document that. So did he get banned from the parks? Slapped on the wrist? Or perhaps he managed to sneak away before Security caught up with him? No idea.
What we do know via Dion Cini’s public Facebook profile is that this seems to be his thing. Seen above, Cini holds up a banner at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The question we here at Theme Park University continue to ask is: do theme parks and politics mix? Especially in the heavily divided time we currently live in? Do you think he got his point across? More importantly, do you think anyone who saw the banner ultimately changed their vote and became a Trump supporter? We’d love to hear your thoughts on social media. And as always, we will continue to follow politics colliding with theme parks. No doubt, we haven’t seen the last of it.
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