As most everyone's aware, Disneyland doesn't really do anything for Chanukah only Christmas. There are like 13 seconds in the fireworks for the dreidal song, there is a small display of 3 chanukah items they sell(most of them tree ornaments....), and that's about it at Disneyland. I've made threads in the past about my annoyance with this especially in a park full of locals in southern california. But this weekend I was kind of taken aback.
For those who don't know, there is 1 chanukah decoration in the park. A menorah is set in a windowplace above main street just to the right of the crystal palace over a doorway for a practitioner named Benjamin Silverstein.
It's extremely obscure and out of sight. The majority of all Disneyland guests don't notice it and only a few folks who already know about it seem to look at it.
Well, there was 1 Chanukah decoration. They removed it as of this weekend. The timing seems to indicate it was removed coinciding with the candlelight ceremony frankly. Could there have been another reason it was removed? Possibly. But the notion that it may have been removed so that on the off chance someone glances over and sees it while the retelling of the birth of Jesus is taking place a little further down the street.
To make that then worse though is the fact that it was not returned, and as of last night it was not up, the first night of Chanukah which will be lasting for the next 7 days. City Hall hadn't a clue about why it was removed, in fact the people there didn't even know it was there in the first place and I'm really not surprised.
But I find this to be a bad gesture. And it didn't please me at all.
Thanks for reading.