Orange Bird back at Disney World, a victory for trufans


20 Responses to “Orange Bird back at Disney World, a victory for trufans”

  1. Sandy Ogilvy says:

    Do they REALLY think that if they just don’t mention Anita Bryant that no one will notice? This character went away because that cute little song was sung by a hard core anti gay activist who pretty much ruined it. I had the album as a child and I can still hear her singing it in my head. 

    • Steve Lappin says:

      can you REALLY not separate the two? a small animated bird from anita bryant? the gay community seemed to get over the whole coors beer thing and enjoy their coors light just like the rest of america.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Coors has extended benefits to same-sex partners since 1995; Anita’s still anti-gay.

      • Sandy Ogilvy says:

        No I REALLY can’t.  Sorry. You must REALLY be a better person than me.  I am not offended by the bird, but I will automatically think of that crazy woman when I see it or hear the song.

  2. lonnieburnie says:

    I brought home an Orange Bird stuffed animal from Disney and it’s been abused by generations of cats over the years.

  3. Scott Croom says:

    I remember having a Floriade OJ….That’s A Big 10-4 on my door all the way through to college. That brings back some good memories.

  4. Twilight_News_Site says:

    FYI, there is an Orange Bird tshirt for sale:

    • Hanglyman says:

       “Finishing the design off is our loved (not overused) vintage distressing. ”

      Sorry guys, vintage distressing is definitely overused.

  5. Paul Renault says:

    Am I the only person who’s disturbed by this?

    A bunch of  “People had to REALLY fight the system to..” bring back a commercial/corporate mascot.  Way to use your activist energy! 

    What next on the agenda? 
    Bringing back Monsanto’s mascots – the Calypso Tomato Man and his sidekick Jean Jacques Desmaïs?

    Disneyland IS an evil place.

  6. ymr049c says:

    I thought, is this as much of a big deal over an insignificant thing as it seems?

    But seeing the comments of the anti-gay, pro-corporate positions this apparently evokes, the answer is ‘no,’ I guess.

    Was it really dropped due to its association with Anita Bryant?

  7. John Hoffman says:

    I understand Disney-whatever is a cultural icon, but visiting any of the Disney places is financially impossible for me. I am thinking a three-day visit, with transportation to crazy gun Florida or similarly crazy southern California, food, lodging, and admissions would ding me and my wife over 2500 dollars. There are many other more personally meaningful ways for me to blow that level of money. Jeebus, I could replace much of the house technology for that.

    • Marc Mielke says:

      Yeah, I’m basically never going to be able to visit these places again (I was seven when I went to Disneyland, 41 now) but it’s nice to hear about now and then. If it’s not to your liking, there’s lots of other stuff on BB. 

  8. Bill Walsh says:

    Did he just use the term “Thoughtsperson”?

  9. devophill says:

      My only exposure to Anita Bryant was a joke in a Truly Tasteless Jokes book:

    Q: Why did Anita Bryant stop promoting orange juice?

    A: Because she heard they were fruits.

    No wonder they avoided mentioning her.

  10. sam1148 says:

    Do they have have those little plastic orange shaped juice containers with the straw and green top at the FLA turnpike stations? As a kid you weren’t officially in FLA and close to Disney until had one of those on the road trip. 

  11. chgoliz says:

    Considering the current political/cultural climate in the US, I’m not surprised a group of people fought to get an anti-gay mascot back.  They’re trying to get a lot of things back to those halcyon days.  And by halcyon, I mean hate-filled.

  12. Jim Kelly says:

    Funny thing about the Orange Bird: he was adopted as the mascot for my favorite gay-owned restaurant in South Florida. 

    As for the orange-shaped containers at the Turnpike service plazas, I’m afraid they’re gone– along with  the weird bubble-shaped machines that would mold wax figurines of seahorses and astronauts for kids . The service plazas themselves are much less appealing now — they’ve been “upgraded” with banal buildings that lack the futuristic flair of the original Sixties-era structures.

  13. The orange cups are back too. As for the whole Anita Bryant/ anti-gay mascot is nonesense. I’m gay and I am freakin’ happy the Orange Bird is back. And if it matters, sans Anita. However, to call the Orange Bird representative of anything anti -gay is silly. Let’s just enjoy the cute little bird, and the great Citrus Swirl that came back along with it.

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