Following the estate of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss on Tuesday—his birthday—deciding to cease the publication of half a dozen books for containing “racist” imagery, Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida is reportedly “evaluating” in-park experiences at its Seuss Landing area.
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Universal Orlando, Spectrum News reported Tuesday, said it is evaluating the in-park experiences in that area but visitors will still be able to enjoy Seuss Landing.
“Seuss Landing continues to be very popular with our guests and we value our relationship with Seuss Enterprises,” a Universal spokesperson said in a statement to Spectrum News. “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.”
The Dr. Seuss-themed area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park features attractions, sites, and characters inspired by the famed author’s colorful literary world.
Earlier on Tuesday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the company that manages the late author’s books and characters, issued a statement saying that it will stop publishing and licensing six of his books, saying they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”
The six books named in the statement are: “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”, “If I Ran the Zoo”, “McElligot’s Pool”, “On Beyond Zebra!”, “Scrambled Eggs Super!”, and “The Cat’s Quizzer”.
“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” the statement read.
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