How True? Disneyland Abandons California For Texas
A bogus claim that Disney is closing down Disneyland and moving from California to Texas has been circulating on social media since early September. This claim is false.
The origin of the claim can be traced back to an article published on August, 31 by satire website, Uncle Walt's Insider. This article is titled; "Breaking: Disneyland is abandoning California, moving to Texas'" and it makes a lot of reasonable claims such as Disney wanting to move because of the high cost of living in California.
The article is made plausible because it mentions a true claim that California residents have been moving away from the state.
The statement of a spokesperson, Jun Disney (no relation) who said that; "We've been looking at the numbers for quite some time Obviously, we'd prefer to keep the park in the same spot Walt built it. But lately it's become clear that it makes more financial sense to move to Texas. After all, we don't pay our Cast Members enough to actually live in California, so a lot of them have already fled to Texas," also added a semblance of credibility to the article.
However, according to Snopes in an article to debunk another Uncle Watt's article in 2018, Jun Disney is not a real Disney spokesperson and the website is a satire website that is not related to the real Disney. This makes the article itself a satire but even though it is obvious that the article is not real, a lot of social media users believe it.
For example, one social media user posted; "Soooo I heard Disneyland is supposed (Sic) be either moving to Texas or opening a location in Texas....Anywhere they put the mf I’m geeked" while another stated that; "if disneyland leaves go texas.. i’m (Sic) moving to texas. idc. disneyland is my heart"
Furthermore, a disclaimer in the form of one of the website's policies reads; "All events, persons, and companies depicted herein, including Disney, Walt Disney, and The Disney Company, are fictitious, and any similarity to actual persons, living, dead or otherwise, or to actual firms, is coincidental. Really. The same goes for any similarities to actual facts" while the tagline says; "Magical fake news".