Disney replaces ‘fairy godmothers’ title at parks with gender-neutral ‘apprentices’


Disney has replaced the title of “fairy godfathers” with gender-neutral “interns” in clothing stores at its US theme parks in an effort to be inclusive, according to the parks’ websites.

The cast members of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Parks, who help kids transform into their favorite Disney characters with makeup and costumes, were formerly called “Fairy Godmothers in Training”. Now they are called “The Apprentices of Fairies Godmother.”

“This way, cast members who may not be identified as female can still be a part of the dress-up and coordination process for the kids without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character,” a third-party Disney blog magic flow He said.

The boutiques offer a maker for kids from 3 to 12 years old to turn them into princesses or knights. According to their websites, the Bibbidi Bobbidi store in the Magic Kingdom will reopen in both parks on August 25 following the pandemic lockdown.

NBC News has reached out to Disney for comment.

Disney has made several efforts in recent years to make its parks more inclusive.

Last summer, Disney removed the use of the phrase “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from the parks, WDW News Today mentioned. The park has also renewed its rides Splash Mountain And the jungle trip After being criticized for portraying ethnic and cultural stereotypes.

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