Terrible news, everyone - Rudolph has been boycotted from Disneyland!
I challenge you to find Rudolph - the real Rudolph - anywhere in the park. I tried, and couldn't. And no, reindeer Pluto doesn't count, and Zero neither!
Logically you would expect to find our red-nosed friend at Santa's Reindeer Round-up. And while there are eight live reindeer on hand, all of them most definitely have normal colored noses.
There are yummy treats for all eight - but a bucket for Rudolph is blatantly missing!
At it's a small world holiday, there is a reindeer topiary with a red nose on top. It's clever alright, but wouldn't you be disappointed if you came to Disneyland to see Mickey and there was only a mouse-eared shrubbery?
I haven't a picture to show for it, but inside the Polynesian room of the attraction, we see signs for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, but where is Rudolph's? He used to have one too, and it was all lit up with lights and of course a big red nose. But this year (and the one previous) his is nowhere to be found.
So now we return to Main Street - which taunts us with the song bearing his name twice in the holiday loop - and sit down for the Christmas Fantasy parade.
Eight reindeer, all black-nosed.
[image by Yesterland]
In a lengthy state of depression, Max just doesn't feel up to sporting the nose anymore. I don't blame him. If I were hanging on the back side of the wall in a shell of my former attraction, I wouldn't either.
Across the way at DCA, Dasher and Dancer have been hired as lifeguards.
Rudolph applied but was rejected - what you have to remember is that reindeer do not have the same anti-discrimination laws that humans do.
So what's the deal here? The tale of Rudolph's rise to victory as the guide at the forefront of Santa's sleigh is one of the greatest turn-around stories ever told. You'll go down in history. Was it not the most wonderful dream come true for Rudolph? And is making dreams come true not the focal point of the current promotion at Disney Parks? Is it not Rudolph who deserves, if not to be in the parade, to ride in the fire engine as the winner of - if not the Penthouse suite in the DL Hotel - at least the pen at Santa's Reindeer Round-up? With a bucket of sweet treats? Why are turkeys getting this kind of royal treatment, but Rudolph is left in the dust?
Frivolous imitations and the song are not enough. Rudolph is not getting the attention and respect he deserves at the place where dreams come true.