Disney execs 'eager' to program content  from U.S. territories, delegate says

THE DISNEY EXPERIENCE: Disneyland Resort cast members pose for a photo in front of the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, inside the new "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., May 29. Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas said Disney executives are 'eager' to program content from U.S. territories. Jay L. Clendenin | Los Angeles Times | Tribune News Service

Could a Guam Disney feature or princess soon become a “part of your world?”

According to Guam Del. Michael San Nicolas, close to a dozen senior executives with Disney expressed interest in the idea to include more from the U.S. territories in their programming.

The group joined a recent Asian-Pacific American Caucus meeting in Washington D.C.

“Every time I go into these meetings I ask myself, “What’s the angle, how can I sit here and set something into motion that is going to somehow either promote Guam or smooth things over in one issue or another, or open doors,” San Nicolas said. “So we had this Disney meeting and I said, ‘I really appreciate all the things you do to promote diversity in your programming, but we have a serious knowledge gap in this country for respective territories.’”

He expressed the desire to build national awareness of the territories, including Guam.

“So I asked them if they can begin embedding into your programming little snippets of the territories, that people can begin to – at least on the mainstream media level – get exposure to us and have a better understanding of us. Because, at the end of the day, this is a cultural responsibility we have to all our Americans,” he said.

No word on any timeline as to how soon Disney would entertain his proposal.

San Nicolas said one of the executives, who is from Puerto Rico, thanked him for making the request.