A family recently hired a lawyer after they claimed a Donald Duck Disney character at Disneyland did not play with their children because they are black. Soon after, the lawyer received dozens of calls alleging the same thing.
“I’ve gotten many emails and voicemails that I’m looking into. What this tells me is this isn’t an isolated incident,” attorney Dan Gilleon said.
“It doesn’t mean Disneyland is racist, but they have some people in the company who aren’t playing by the rules and are being discriminatory.”
A second black family came forward on Thursday claiming that their children were ignored by Donald Duck when they made a trip to the amusement park in December.
Natasia White said the person in the suit ignored two requests to take a picture with her children, Razzi, 5, and Ryder, 2. The duck chose to play with white children instead.
“[Razzi] was sitting there with his arms open, saying ‘Donald, Donald!’” White said.
She denies that she was overreacting since the duck ignored them in a “blatant and ugly way.”
They have also hired Gilleon to pursue their case.
Another black family from San Diego also claimed their children and cousins were ignored, but this time by a White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland.” The incident happened in August.
Jason and Annelia Black said the rabbit turned away from the black children and played with white and Asian families instead.
When the family approached Disney about the incident, they offered them VIP passes worth $500 in exchange for a signed document clearing them of any wrongdoing.
Now, the family is suing Disney for violating California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.
Gilleon believes the incident was caught on security tape and he is planning to subpoena Disney for it.
Violations of the act carry penalties of $25,000.
The family is planning on claiming three to ten violations, depending on how many children were present in the incident. They also plan to seek attorney’s fees, damages, and reimbursement for the trip.