Disney files to trademark 'Dia de Los Muertos' for movie-themed products by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Part of Disneyland's Day of the Dead decor in 2008. Disney Enterprises, Inc. has filed several trademark applications for the phrase "Dia de Los Muertos."
File this one under Instant Backlash: Disney has filed several trademark applications for the phrase Dia de Los Muertos, as in the name of the traditional holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere to honor the dead.
No, really.
The Fronteras Desk reports that the applications were filed May 1 in relation to an forthcoming Dia de Los Muertos-related Pixar film:
The areas they are hoping to secure include “education and entertainment services,” “fruit preserves; fruit-based snack foods,” “toys, games and playthings,” “clothing,” “footwear,” “backpacks,” “clocks and jewelry” and more. 
The U.S. Trademark and Patent Office website lists 10 applications for "Dia De Los Muertos" filed by Disney Enterprises, Inc. in Burbank. A sample application listing "goods and services" under the desired trademark has this list:
Bags; backpacks; calling card cases; coin purses; fanny packs; key cases; key chains; luggage; luggage tags; purses; umbrellas; wallets
Another features a sort of "Day of the Dead Before Christmas" product list:
Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games for use with or without an external display screen or monitor; Christmas stockings; Christmas tree ornaments and decorations; snow globes
As for the backlash, that's underway. A few comments on the Fronteras website today included this one from Candace Curtis-Cavazos:
Disney has no right to claim my culture or the lives of those I have lost and how we celebrate that. This is wrong and Latinos across the world will be highly offended if this happens. Given Latinos are the largest growing population in the US right now, I would advise Disney to back off or else they may find themselves at a loss of a large population of supporters.
Martha Liliana Gómez wrote: 
This is pretty horrible and disrespectful.
And this one from Kimbo Martinez (asterisks added):
This is not Ok. You cant trademark my culture! F**k You DISNEY!
It looks like Disney isn't the first to apply to trademark "Dia de Los Muertos." The patent office website shows two applications from other entities filed for the same term in the 2000s. One company succeeded in 2007: The Valence Group of Houston has a current registered trademark employing the phrase for "entertainment services, namely, the continuing production and exhibition of live theater production, stage plays and musical shows."
This doesn't necessarily mean Disney can't get "Dia de Los Muertos," though. According to the patent office, similar trademarks can exist in a different service area.
Does Team Mickey think it will succeed? No word back from Disney yet. The company tried to do the same with the phrase "SEAL Team 6" after the Navy unit killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. But Disney withdrew its application "out of deference for the Navy" after a slew of public criticism, during which the Navy applied for its own trademark.