Disney no longer says “boys and girls” in park greetings to promote gender inclusion

Park-goers heading to Disneyland Resort in California might notice something a little different the next time they visit.

According to Disney, the company is removing all “gendered greetings” from the theme park’s recorded messages to promote a more welcoming environment for guests who do not identify with traditional gender roles, including male or female.

In a videoconference recorded by City Journal’s Christopher Rufo, Disney diversity and inclusion manager Vivian Ware was heard explaining that park visitors will no longer hear “ladies and gentlemen” or “boys and daughters” in park greetings.

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“We trained — we trained all of our cast members on that. So now they know it’s ‘Hello, everyone,’ or ‘Hello, friends,'” Ware said. in the conference video call.

Park visitors will also hear updated greetings ahead of the Magic Kingdom fireworks, Ware said during the videoconference.

“I love that it opened up the creativity, the opportunity for our cast members to watch this,” Ware said, in part, during the videoconference. “We don’t want to just assume because someone might, in our interpretation, present themselves as a woman, but they might not want to be called ‘princess’.”

According to videos shared on social media, some changes in the recorded messages were put in place as early as last summer. In a video, shared by @ShowcaseWishes, viewers can hear the audio message saying “dreamers of all ages” instead of what used to be “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.”

The video was posted on social media on June 30, 2021months before Ware’s update on Disney’s efforts to further promote inclusion.

In April 2021, the President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Disney Products released an announcement saying inclusion was added as the company’s “fifth key”. Prior to this announcement, Disney cast members were trained to follow the company’s four keys to customer service: safety, courtesy, spectacle and efficiency. Disney’s decision to make changes to recorded messages and PA announcements plays a role in the company’s focus on promoting inclusion.

Disney’s push to promote the inclusion of guests of all gender identities comes as company employees staged a walkout earlier in the month over the controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill. from Florida.

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Herman C. Harkins