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Would you just stop pandering already?
Walt Disney World will no longer refer to guests as “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” when making announcements about fireworks.
I know Walt Disney is turning over in his grave by now. One man’s dream has become everyone else’s living nightmare because our society has become hypersensitive.
I would be more upset that a bottle of water is $3.50, a two-piece chicken strip kid’s meal is $7.49, and a “spirit jersey” (literally just a long-sleeved shirt with a fancy name) will run you $69.99.
Maybe that’s just me, but if I’m paying that amount of money, using my correct pronouns over the loudspeaker would be the least of my concerns…
The crowd will now be addressed as “dreamers of all ages.”
Disney removes ”Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls” from Happily Ever After pre show announcement.
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls FOREVER! pic.twitter.com/joWLcYBgMf
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What makes this so stupid is that the “dreamers of all ages” reference was USED IN THE ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT.
I don’t identify as a “dreamer.” I’m now emotionally scarred. You guys think I could sue?
The New York Post had this to say:
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.
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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