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THIS IS REAL: Disney World Cancels ‘Boys and Girls’ Greeting to Be ‘More Inclusive’
From Fox News:
“A Whole New World” and a whole new Magic Kingdom fireworks show greeting.
Walt Disney World has removed its longtime greeting, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,” from its Magic Kingdom fireworks show to promote inclusivity, Insider reported. It will be replaced with one that starts off with “Good evening, dreamers of all ages!”
On Wednesday, Disney World employees were invited to a “cast member” preview of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. While the fireworks show itself remains virtually the same as previous years, the show’s opening greeting has been updated.
The preview was the first fireworks show hosted at Disney World since nightly shows were halted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jack Wagner, known as “the voice of Disney,” estimated that he uttered the phrase over 8 million times during his two-decade tenure as park announcer for Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.
Twitter user @ShowcaseWishes shared a video comparing the greeting as heard in 2020 to the one played on Wednesday night. The user tweeted “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls FOREVER!”
Some commenters echoed the original post’s hesitation, calling the decision “completely unnecessary” and “overly sensitive.”
However, most commenters were quite supportive of the change. One user replied, “I love ‘Dreamers of all ages’ because it really makes that super snuggly and more magical. It’s so heartwarming.” Another added, “hot take: ‘good evening, dreamers of all ages’ works better thematically.”
Disney has not yet commented on the updated greeting at Disney World.
In March, the same change was made at Tokyo Disney Resort — replacing “Ladies and gentlemen” with “Welcome everyone” in park announcements to promote gender inclusivity, according to Disney fan site WDWNT.com. The change initially came from the Oriental Land Company, which licenses the Disney brand, its characters and their likenesses for the park. That change only effected English announcements, as Japanese announcements have always used a gender-neutral term.
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Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller
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