Disney Bans Man Over Trump Banner

He couldn't keep his politics off Splash Mountain
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2018 1:16 AM CST
A 2020 presidential campaign sign supporting President Trump sits on a front lawn in Ray City, Ga.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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(Newser) – A man banned from Disney World for unfurling a huge pro-President Trump banner on Main Street, USA, in September was given a reprieve—until he came back with more Trump signs. New Yorker Dion Cini, 49, had his annual pass revoked and was banned from all Disney properties last week after riding down Splash Mountain with a "Trump 2020" sign then bringing a "Keep America Great" sign on Expedition Everest, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Disney bans unauthorized "demonstrations or speeches, or the usage of any flag, banner, or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd," though Cini insists he wasn't breaking the rules and definitely wasn't inciting a crowd. "I wanted to actually abide by their rules ... but I kind of wanted to test them," Cini tells WFTV.

"I just really wanted to find out whether or not it had to do with unfurling a flag, or what was written on the flag," Cini says. He says Disney "never mentioned the fact that there was some kind of safety issue on the ride. That I was holding up a sign and I shouldn't be doing that." "They hate my signs, or the President? Maybe both?" he wrote in a Facebook post. A Disney spokesperson says Cini was banned not because of politics, but because "demonstrations and the display of signs and banners is not permitted on the premises," and he had previously been reminded of the rules, the Washington Post reports. Cini says he plans to fight the ban in court—and to unfurl a 50-foot Trump banner elsewhere in the country soon. (The Hall of Presidents now has an animatronic Trump.)

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