Theresienstadt concentration camp archway with the phrase Arbeit macht frei (work makes (you) free), placed over the entrance in a number of Nazi concentration camps. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Outside referral: Welcome to Beijing Street

Robin Itzler, a longtime contributer to Orange County Breeze, explains how Disneyland’s Main Street provides cover for the malicious intents and actions of Communist China in an essay at American Thinker:

Disneyland’s fantasy Main Street allows many Americans to ignore that, under the aegis of Disney’s current management, the street’s real name should be Beijing Street. But this isn’t the first time a murderous regime has hidden behind colorful imagery to fool the public.

Walt Disney conceived of Disneyland as a place where people from all walks of life would enter the park and forget about the real world. Main Street was designed with a nod to the previous century and its slower pace of life compared to post-World War II hustle-bustle living. Even original right-angled street corners were rounded because curves had softer views.

Curiosity about the new theme park kept climbing. On July 17, 1955, more than 90 million of the nation’s 169 million citizens tuned in for the TV special Dateline Disneyland on its opening day. It was America’s first introduction to Disneyland.

Soon known as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” the original theme park in Anaheim, California, and its sister parks (Orlando and throughout the world) continue to welcome millions of devoted fans who adore Mickey, Minnie, and all the Disney characters.

And it all begins on iconic Main Street…

Visit American Thinker to read the rest!

The author states that the article is dedicated to her beloved friend and Holocaust survivor Piri Katz.


  1. Thank you for publishing this article! So many young people don’t know Walt Disney and his values. My granddaughter pointed out problems with Disney more than 20 years ago but not all young people are that wise.
    Walt Disney would be so sad if he were here.

  2. I find the “photoshop art” included in this article is offensive. These are the words used above the Auschwitz concentration camp. Dedicating the article to a survivor of the Holocaust does not change the fact that this is offensive, to appropriate a powerful and ugly symbol of the terrible Nazi history of mass murder and genocide, to attempt to attract clicks and readers. It is cheap and cruel. Disney is being slandered by the use of this foolish “illustration”.

    1. Merritt,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      The photo used to illustrate this article was taken at Theresienstadt, not Auschwitz. The motto Arbeit macht frei was used by the Nazis at more than the single location of Auschwitz. It is indeed powerful and ugly.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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