Despite Inclusivity Efforts, New Main Street Confectionery Displays ‘Savage Bros.’ Machinery Featuring Native American Caricature at Magic Kingdom
The Main Street Confectionery at the Magic Kingdom recently reopened following an extensive refurbishment, which included the addition of a new backstory. A host of new characters were introduced as part of the ongoing inclusivity efforts across Walt Disney World.
Among them is Dr. Alsoomse Tabor, an Indigenous woman from Blackfeet Nation, Montana.
Another feature of the Confectionery is the large windows allowing guests to watch as Cast Members prepare the various sweets and treats.
Prominently visible among the lineup of equipment are confectionery machines by the Savage Bros. Company. They feature an image of a Native American with a headdress.
The company was founded in 1855 by Richard and Edward Savage.
Amidst community outcry, Savage Bros. announced an intention to change their logo from the Native American caricature seen at Walt Disney World. However, multiple machines featuring the logo are within guest view.
The word “savage” has a long history of being used derogatorily toward Native Americans. Though the company was named after the founder, that information is not outwardly available to guests who may see the imagery through the Confectionery Kitchen windows.
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