by Ray Cystpig
ORLANDO, FL (MNN) – It’s 5:00 AM and already there’s a crowd in Disney World’s immaculate parking lot. But instead of the typical multi-national and well-heeled masses, today the lot looks a little like a Home Depot in Texas at the same hour of the morning. Short brown men and women with squalling babies and flashing black eyes have gathered for a momentous occasion – their first visit to Disney World.
When the gates open, the tide of humanity enters. The descendants of great Aztec gods and warriors stare about at the brightly colored toys in the anglocentric paradise dreamed up by Walt Disney many decades ago, during the height of America’s power and influence.
What brought this flood of Mexican visitors to the heart of American culture? A new federal initiative instituted by the Bush Administration called the “Good Neighbor”* program. The “Good Neighbor” program has set aside 68 million dollars for the express purpose of bringing illegal immigrants (note from editor: from now on, use term “undocumented workers”) to Disney World.
One Bush Administration official stated, “Now that you’ve made it to the states… where do you want to go next? I’d assume Disney. That’s where the ‘Good Neighbor’ program comes in.”
Reactions to the program have been mixed. Unexpectedly, some House Republicans are hailing it as a “good way to begin anglo-izing our brown friends.”
Orlando artist and writer Danny Goldman said he was against the initiative on philosophical grounds… “but, you know, it seems like the kids are having a blast, so I can’t be that mad. Besides, all these folks make good candidates for my painting series on peasants.”
Blogger Vark Populus opposed the program as a massive waste of taxpayer funds, but he did see a bright side as well. “Basically, by visiting Disney, maybe they’ll see what a hollow empty lie American values have become… and they’ll want to move back home to a more simple and traditional lifestyle. Heck, I’ll probably be expatriating myself south of the border any day now…”
At Disney World, however, politics are far from the minds of the visitors from the South.
One young man, Benito Angel, speaking through an interpreter, pointed upwards and said “See this castle? Me and my brother built something just like it for this guy in Arizona. In like… four days.”
Unlike many of the investment bankers, laywers, radio producers, and account managers that visit Disney World each year, the Mexican visitors are quiet, respectful, and almost reverent as they tour the theme park. That is, until they reached Epcot and heard Mariachi music emanating from the Mexico Pavilion in the World Showcase. Then, it was all party.
*NOTE: (State Farm has filed litigation against the Federal Government for their use of the copyrighted "Good Neighbor" slogan.)