If you’ve ever been to Disneyland as a child, you’ve likely ridden or at least seen the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride. Dumbo is easily one of the most iconic Disney images, right next to the rose from Sleeping Beauty or Mickey Mouse himself.
The Dumbo ride was one of the first rides to open in Disneyland, premiering a month after the park opened in 1955. In case you’ve never ridden the ride, it involves “piloting” a Dumbo lookalike in a circle with others.
It’s one of the more popular rides, as it’s also featured at Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. It seems an innocent enough kids’ ride that President Harry S Truman shouldn’t have had any qualms about riding it.
So what was the reason? President Truman was a Democrat, and didn’t want to ride an elephant because of its association with the Republican party.