Spencer Charnas Explains Why Disney Banned Ice Nine Kills

August 7, 2019

In April 2019, Ice Nine Kills got word from their booking agent that their show at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL had been cancelled. Upon further review, it turns out that the venue was on Disney grounds, and the entertainment company banned INK from performing there because their imagery was deemed "too violent."

During his visit to the WAAF studio, frontman Spencer Charnas took us further into the story and how they managed to turn their banishment from "the happiest place on Earth" around.

"At first I was a little bit bummed because I like playing in Orlando," says Charnas. "But then I just started to think about it, it was so funny. So I thought rather than piss and moan about the situation, let's have fun with it."

It was from there when the band released some limited-edition merchandise featuring classic Disney characters with a horror twist. "So I got with Mike Cortada, who designs a lot of our art, and I dreamed up this merchandise line which took the iconic Disney characters likey Mikey and Goofy, and made them Freddie and Leatherface."

The line received a lot attention both from fans and media outlets, but there was only one thing on Spencer's mind at the time: "When is the cease and desist from Disney going to come?" asks Charnas. The company is known for being very protective of its intellectual property, and Charnas believed that it was only a matter of time before they got the order to stop. "It just never came," says Charnas.

But the fun doesn't end there. Fans have told Ice Nine Kills that they will wear the band's Disney-inspired merchandise to the theme park and attempt to take pictures with the characters. "Disney has told their characters, 'Don't take a picture when them or endorse Ice Nine Kills.'"

Listen to Mistress Carrie's full interview with Spencer Charnas in the podcast below: