Disney said it’s ditching the “fairy godmothers” for more inclusive, gender-neutral titles at the dress-up boutiques inside its theme parks — and some fans aren’t enthralled by the news.
Notably, the Mouse House is getting rid of the “Fairy Godmother” title at its Bibbidi Bobbidi boutiques located at both Disney World and Disneyland, according to an update on the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort websites.
The salons, which give makeovers to children ages 3 to 12 to transform them into princesses or knights, will reopen on August 25 from pandemic-era closures, the company said this week.
When they return, the staff who were previously called “Fairy Godmothers in Training” will now be called “Fairy Godmothers Apprentices”.
According to the Disney blog “Streaming the Magic”, “this way, cast members who may not identify as female can still go through the process of dressing up and styling children without referring to themselves as female Disney characters.” can be a part of.”
The news upset some Disney fans, who felt the Mouse House was leaning into “wake up” culture.
“It’s a mental illness… the magic is gone,” wrote A Twitter user.
“Wake up, break up” tweeted another.
“I hate this world!” another twitter user wrote of news, while others tweeted“Birthing People Apprentice” – An apparent crackdown on the term “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentice”, comparing it to the ridiculed gender-neutral term “birthing people”.
Recently, Disney has made a push to appear more inclusive and politically correct, angering some Disney fanatics.
Last summer, Disney eliminated the use of “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from its theme parks, and changed its strict dress-code policy. Theme park workers can now come to work with visible tattoos in costume of any gender they wish.
Last weekend, the company quietly dropped its co-founder Walt Disney’s time-honored speech in celebration of Disneyland’s 67th anniversary, leaving some to speculate that it was due to his alleged racist and anti-Semitic views. was due to.
Elsewhere, Disney dropped a shrunken head dealer character named “Trader Sam” from Jungle Cruise and got rid of the “Take a Vent for a Bride” scene from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride. In this scene weeping women are shown tied with ropes.
The move comes as Disney finds itself embroiled in a culture war in Florida over the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Chapek declined to speak out against a Florida law that bans discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation for children in kindergarten through third grade.
The lack of response angered Disney employees, causing Chapek to denounce the law, putting him in the crosshairs of Florida Gov.
In response, DeSantis signed a law that would strip Disney’s Florida theme parks of their self-governing status. The legislation, which was signed in April, dissolves the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which operates on the lands of Orange and Ossiola counties, as an autonomous entity with a mandate to impose taxes, build infrastructure, license and has the power to establish its own zoning laws.
The new law that dissolved the district would not take effect until June 2023.