Disney Changes ‘Fairy Godmother’ Names to Be Gender Neutral

Disney is changing the name of its Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique fairy godmothers in the United States to be gender-neutral, CNN reporting.

Why is this important: It’s the latest move by Disney, which historically sticks to a clean, family-friendly image, to make its parks more inclusive.

Details: The cast members were previously called “Fairy Godmothers in training”, but their names have since been changed to “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices” on Disney websites.

  • Cast members at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique transform young children into iconic Disney princesses and knights through face painting, nail polish, hairstyles and costumes.

What they say : Last year, Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro said he pledged to “modernize park values ​​and change guidelines on the appearance and dress of park employees.”

  • Cast members are now allowed to have appropriate hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, costume choices, and visible tattoos.
  • “We believe that our actors, who are at the center of the magic that lives in all of our experiences, can deliver the best of legendary Disney customer service when they have more options for personal expression – creating richer experiences, more personal and more engaging with our guests,” D’Amaro said last year.
  • “This is just the beginning as we continue to work toward a world we all belong in – including more diverse and inclusive Disney parks, experiences and merchandise.”

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