Walt Disney World has ended a decades-old tradition of opening its nightly fireworks shows with an announcement using gendered language.
According to Faithwire, the Orlando resort’s Magic Kingdom will no longer greet fireworks watchers with the classic line, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages…”
The change was revealed earlier this week, the outlet reports, when Disney cast members previewed new fireworks show. The fireworks display will now simply be for “dreamers of all ages.”
A video shared on Twitter shows the previous greeting and what it has been changed to:
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
— Showcase of Wishes (@ShowcaseWishes) June 30, 2021
Months before the unceremonious change here in the States, Tokyo Disneyland park began welcoming “everyone” rather than ladies, gentlemen, boys, or girls, according to HuffPost.
Although that park is a Disneyland location, the decision to neutralize the previous gendered greeting came from the Oriental Land Company, a tourism corporation that licenses Disney’s brand, characters, and their likenesses for the park.
An Oriental Land Company spokesperson explained that the change in language was made to make all people “feel comfortable in the park” regardless of their preferred identity.
“It is a comprehensive judgment considering the current social situation, such as diversity,” the spokesperson said back in March when the change first took place. “Currently, information on parades and shows, Country Bear Theater in Tokyo Disneyland, and the Enchanted Tiki Room: Some attractions, such as Stitch Presents ‘Aloha e Como Mai,’ have already changed.”
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