Disney drops religious services at Orlando resort

Posted Thursday, December 26, 2002 4:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After a Christmas Day service at the Contemporary Resort, the Disney World resort does not plan to have an organized Christian worship at the resort until Easter. Disney officials cited problems with space and said it no longer seemed appropriate to hold worship services for only two religions when plenty of churches and synagogues surrounding the resort could meet the need. Two Catholic Masses and one nondenominational Protestant service had been held at the Polynesian Luau resort since 1975. Christmas and Easter services will continue.

Read more from AP via The Naples Daily News.

Thursday, December 26, 2002 4:13 AM
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This story was originally submitted from a Christian-centric publication that read entirely like the quote from the last line of this article, so I didn't post it at the time. It irks me to no end that people who say things like that imply that those not subscribing to the same faith don't have "family values" or good moral standards. Given that Disney World probably attracts the most culturally diverse international crowd of any destination in the US, you'd think people would get it.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 4:19 AM
I agree Jeff, it would be NICE to be able to live in a country where one can publicly say who and or what they believe in without being shunned by those who think they are right and no one else is.

The one thing I can see Disney avoiding by shutting down these services is they are cutting off any possible "you're discriminating by not having OUR services availiable" politically correct yahoos from bring yet ANOTHER useless and baseless lawsuit.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 4:32 AM
Cedar Point, to my understanding, still has Sunday services during the season.
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Thursday, December 26, 2002 6:07 AM
beast7369's avatar Wait....Didn't Disney want to keep their guests on the property for the duration of their trips to Florida? Why else would they try to force the high speed rail line to stop only at their resort and nowhere else in the Orlando area except the airport. Seems strange to me that would do that on one hand but on the other it makes perfect sense.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 6:14 AM
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I don't buy their space issue... I just think they don't want to pay for it anymore. Who can blame them? Let those who seek worship go to the surround churches (or synagogues, or whatever) and let them make their offerings there.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 7:04 AM
Yeah.. Cedar Point still has sunday services during the season.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 8:10 AM
beast7369's avatar Well it could be a "space issue" if they were to try to accomodate all of the many religions of the world.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 8:21 AM
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Knotts has a historic Church in the park and has Sunday services as well. In fact that's the same church where Robb & Sarah Alvey were married.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 9:35 AM
I agree with the decision. i'm a Christian and don't like to miss my meetings, but u know, i'd never go to services in a theme park, that's kinda of wrong. and don't get me wrong, i'm not downing Disney, but a theme park is not my idea of a place to get closer to god...

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 10:27 AM

Grab a freakin' phone book and find someone who'll be glad to give you times, dates and directions. I know I did. But then again, I went to USF and BGT instead of Disney. Does that make me a bad Christian?

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 12:37 PM
It always seems to me that people who talk about "family values" are usually talking about their values, their religion, and their prejudices. It's too bad that a term that shoudl mean good gets distorted so badly.
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Thursday, December 26, 2002 4:59 PM
A bigot is a bigot. This guy is worst kind.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 5:33 PM
What religon is that giant chruch near International Drive by the outlets? I think it's called Shrine of Joan of Arc?

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 6:31 PM
It would seem stupid for Disney to support any kind of christain anything since they openly support homosexuality.
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Thursday, December 26, 2002 6:51 PM

This just in: Disney is a business venture. They only kneel before the altar of Dead Presidents and the Esteemed Rulers of other countries (in large enough denominations). They don't give a rat's hoohah about your One True Faith or anybody else's. If your check clears and you keep any overt displays of self-righteous bigotry off their property, it's all good.

There are far greater injustices going on in the world than your silly little ones. Millions of people go to bed hungry every night, millions more slowly die of hideous diseases or neglect and here you are burping on leftovers in a nice warm house just pissed off that some homosexuals might buy some tickets to a Disney park. Heaven forbid they might have a good time or something.

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 7:02 PM
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It would also seem that there are *Christains* out there not opposed to those people who "openly support homosexuality", or even those who (gasp) PRACTICE homosexuality....I guess they're still trying to *perfect* it too, or they wouldn't have to practice. But, that's the only way to Carnegie Hall. ;)

Generalizing about people of other faiths, or even people who profess to believe the same as you, can be a slippery slope. Sir Paul McCartney said it best: "Live and let live"...;)

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Thursday, December 26, 2002 8:36 PM
Exactly. Bat Rider, Christian does *not* necessarily mean "anti-homosexual." In fact, many major Christian faiths (UCC, for one) openly support homosexuals.

-Nate

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Friday, December 27, 2002 3:25 AM

To add to the parks that have/had religious services on property: I seem to recall that the church in Ghost Town at Ghost Town in the Sky (Maggie Valley, NC) advertised sunday services.

Not to get all emotionally wrapped up in this, I'm pretty sure that Disney merely considered having the services as a convenience to their resort guests. As for why they have decided to eliminate the services, one would have to consider what the attendance was at those services (i.e. was there enough interest to justify the expense and use of resources such as the room, materials, etc.).

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Friday, December 27, 2002 4:03 AM

BTW, Gay Days are not an official WDW event. They are not supporters of Homosexuals any more than the average company. They can't help it if gay people organize a yearly pilgrimage to their park. USF is also part of Gay Days.

They don't discriminate against gays either, which is admirable.

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