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Disney ditches ‘fairy godmother’ title — workers now gender-neutral ‘apprentice’ – Nationwide

Disney ditches ‘fairy godmother’ title — workers now gender-neutral ‘apprentice’ – Nationwide

There’s a small change coming to U.S. Disney theme parks, all within the identify of improved inclusivity.

Friends to any of Disney’s American Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique areas will not be assisted by workers known as “Fairy Godmothers-in-training,” however relatively by “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices,” the corporate introduced on Saturday.

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The boutique has been a Disney theme park staple attraction because the 2000s, offering a magical house the place youngsters can obtain a complete makeover right into a princess or a knight, as per Disney’s web site. Guests to the boutique have the choice to have their hair, make-up and costuming performed within the model of a number of iconic Disney characters.

Together with the title change for workers (known as “forged members”), a spokesperson for Disney instructed CNN that males are actually additionally allowed to work within the boutique, which beforehand employed solely girls.

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“With the wave of a magic wand — plus just a few hands-on methods of the commerce — our Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices will pamper and primp your little one till they appear storybook gorgeous,” the Walt Disney World web site says.

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The change comes amid a push by Disney to make its theme parks extra inclusive.

In a year-old weblog put up, the chairman of Disney’s parks division Josh D’Amaro wrote that the corporate’s theme parks needs to be “a spot the place everyone seems to be welcome.”

“It’s vital to me to share how we’re creating a spot the place everyone seems to be welcome and taking motion to create significant change,” D’Amaro wrote within the put up. “We wish our forged members — and future forged members — to really feel a way of belonging at work.”

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A part of this significant motion talked about by D’Amaro included “better flexibility” for workers with reference to “types of private expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewellery, nail kinds, and costume decisions.”

Prior to now, Disney has infamously been very strict in regards to the appearances of their workers.

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“The world is altering, and we’ll change with it, and proceed to be a supply of pleasure and inspiration for all of the world,” the weblog put up concluded. “We’ll by no means cease working to guarantee that Disney is a welcoming place for all.”

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