This morning, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that six of the author’s books—including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo”—will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery. With this announcement, Universal Orlando has pulled the books from store shelves (by request) and is currently evaluating Seuss Landing in their Islands of Adventure theme park.
Seuss Landing features references to many of Dr. Seuss’ books, including the two aforementioned titles. One whole section of the land is the If I Ran the Zoo kids play area (currently closed due to the pandemic).
Other examples include a sign for Mulberry Street in the land that can be seen from the ground and aboard The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride; a retail location named Mulberry Street Store: Gizmos, Gadgets, Goodies Galore; and a “copy” of “If I Ran the Zoo” on Sneetch Beach.
Other books affected by the publication cease include “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
In a statement shared with Spectrum News 13, Universal Orlando 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.Universal Orlando Resort
It is entirely possible that Universal could remove and replace the related references to the six books, though time will tell how that situation will be addressed.