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In a bid to make sure all employees feel included at their parks, Disney has dropped its traditional phrase “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.”
The iconic phrase typically played before all performances, but they’ve now made the decision to change this to “good evening, dreamers of all ages.”
Disney’s new language is rolling out in parks around the world and it’ll be added to all pre-recorded announcements.
The chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro, wrote on the company website in April: “Inclusion is essential to our culture and leads us forward as we continue to realize our rich legacy of engaging storytelling, exceptional service, and Disney magic.
“We want our guests to see their own backgrounds and traditions reflected in the stories, experiences and products they encounter in their interactions with Disney.
“And we want our cast members—and future cast members—to feel a sense of belonging at work."
A Disney spokesperson revealed to Newsweek that the moves come as part of the company’s effort to promote diversity.
The change has caused a mix reaction on social media, with some outraged by the decision.
“I HATE THAT. BRING IT BACK NOW!!!" wrote one, while another added: “Okay sorry Disney but that's absurd!!!! I honestly didn't see anything. NOT a single thing wrong with that saying before. Like what the hell is wrong with saying ' Ladies and Gents????' Or boys and Girl????' PLEASE!!! somebody TELL ME. SMDH.”
A third chimed: “Utter garbage” in response to the new announcement,” and someone else said: “People and companies really need to stop changing everything that was originally made, discussed or founded on just because people cry and moan. These things were in place way before the new gen of babies were, there is no way in hell to cater to everyone who whines…..”
Those in favour tweeted their responses too, with one person saying: “I love "Dreamers of all ages" because it really makes that super snuggly and more magical. It's so heartwarming.”
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