Disneyland Changes ‘Fairy Godmother’ Job Title To Be Gender Neutral

Disney is ditching “fairy godmothers” for more inclusive, gender-neutral titles in its theme park dress-up shops.

Specifically, the Mouse House is shedding the “Fairy Godmother” title at its Bibbidi Bobbidi Shops located at both Disney World and Disneyland, according to an update on the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort websites. New York Post reports.

The salons, which revamp kids ages 3 to 12 to turn them into princesses or knights, will reopen after pandemic-era closures on August 25, the company announced this week.

When they return, employees who were previously called “Fairy Godmothers in Training” will now be called “Fairy Godmothers Apprentices”.

“This way, cast members who might not identify as female can still be part of the process of dressing and styling the kids without having to identify themselves as a female Disney character,” according to the blog post. Disney. Spread the magic.

The news triggered some Disney fans, who felt the Mouse House was going too far in leaning into “woke” culture.

“It’s a mental illness…the magic is gone,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Wake up, go bankrupt,” tweeted another.

“I hate this world!” wrote another Twitter user of the news, while another tweeted: “Birthing People Apprentices” – an apparent riff on the term “fairy godmother apprentice”, comparing it to ridiculed and non-sexist term “delivering people”. .”

Recently, Disney has made efforts to appear more inclusive and politically correct.

Last summer, Disney removed the use of “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from its theme parks and changed its once-strict dress code policy.

Theme park employees can now show up to work with visible tattoos in whatever gender costume they want.

Last weekend, the company quietly omitted an age-old speech by its co-founder Walt Disney at Disneyland’s 67th birthday party, leading some to guess it was because of his alleged racist and anti-Semitic views.

Elsewhere, Disney pulled a shrunken head dealer character named “Trader Sam” from Jungle Cruise and got rid of the “Make a Girl for a Bride” scene from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride. The scene depicted weeping women tied together with ropes.

The moves come 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 refused to speak out against Florida law, which prohibits discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation for children in kindergarten through third grade.

The lack of response angered Disney employees, leading Chapek to condemn the legislation, putting him in the crosshairs of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

In response, DeSantis signed legislation that would strip Florida’s Disney theme parks of their self-governing status.

The law, which was signed into law in April, dissolves the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which operates as a self-governing entity on lands straddling Orange and Osceola counties that has the power to levy taxes, to build infrastructure, grant licenses and institute its own zoning laws.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished here with permission