On 28 August, the world was left shocked by the tragic passing of Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, who had fought a four year battle with colon cancer.
Following his untimely death, Whoopi Goldberg has asked Disney theme parks to honour Chadwick’s legacy by building a Wakanda experience.
Taking to Twitter, Whoopi said “Dear People in charge of building NEW experiences Disney Land and World we don’t really need another Frozen land BUT what we could use is Wakonda,
“please Disneyworld Disneyland PLEASE build in Chadwick Boseman’s name WAKONDA,” she continued. (We’ll let it slide that she consistently misspelled ‘Wakanda’, as it’s for such a good cause.)
Recently, the Disney theme parks have made some progress when it comes to diversity, including re-theming its iconic ride, Splash Mountain, from Disney’s problematic Song of the South, to 2009’s The Princess and the Frog.
Many members of the Black community cited Black Panther as their first proper representation from Disney on such a large scale, after the MCU movie grossed an incredible $1.3 billion.
Chadwick’s friends and co-stars recently paid tribute to the actor, with Michael B Jordan writing a lengthy emotional post via Instagram, saying “I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did.
“With grace, courage, and no regrets. ‘Is this your king!?’ Yes. He. Is! Rest In Power Brother,” said the Creed star to his 14.4 million followers.