BREAKING: Universal Orlando Evaluating Future of Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure After Publication is Halted on Several Classic Books for Being “Hurtful and Wrong”
Today Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that they will stop publishing and licensing six Dr. Seuss books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” Universal Orlando Resort is now evaluating the use of these six books in the Seuss Landing area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Seuss Landing includes a play area inspired by “If I Ran the Zoo”, which is one of the books being discontinued. The book has received criticism for its portrayal of Asian people, though none of this imagery is in the play area of Seuss Landing. There is also a gift shop named Mulberry Street Store, inspired by “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street”, which is also being discontinued.
In a statement to Spectrum News, a Universal spokesperson said, “Seuss Landing continues to be very popular with our guests and we value our relationship with Seuss Enterprises. 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.”