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Disney removes ‘ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls’ from park greeting to be more gender inclusive

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To promote inclusion, Walt Disney World in Florida has reportedly removed the words “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from the pre-show announcement for its “Happily Ever After” nightly fireworks spectacular.

The prerecorded intro in the Magic Kingdom still bids good evening to “dreamers of all ages,” but the traditional gender-related language is gone.

The Twitter feed @ShowcaseWishes uploaded a video that contains the 2020 announcement and the one that is now being used to highlight the change. See the clip embedded below. Disney just brought back the fireworks show after a year-plus hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The revised announcement is apparently already in effect at the Disney resort in Tokyo and will shortly be implemented at Disneyland in California and presumably the company’s other theme parks which feature a similar pyrotechnic presentation.

The newly edited public message is “part of a broader effort. It’s not about one or two things,” a Disney rep told CBS News.

The revised PA announcement is reportedly the result of ultra-woke Disney’s diversity and inclusion initiative that Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro touted in an April 2021 blog post headlined “A place where everyone is welcome.”

“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,” D’Amaro wrote, in part, about what Walt Disney described in 1955 as a happy place.

“That means cultivating an environment where all people feel welcomed and appreciated for their unique life experiences, perspectives and culture. Where we celebrate allyship and support for each other. And where diverse views and ideas are sought after as critical contributions towards our collective success.,” he added.

“Inclusion is essential to our culture…The world is changing, and we will change with it, and continue to be a source of joy and inspiration for all the world. We’ll never stop working to make sure that Disney is a welcoming place for all.”

Parenthetically, the commitment to inclusivity and diversity on the part of Disney did not stop it from firing “Mandalorian” actress Gina Carano earlier this year for what amounts to a diversity of thought. Plus, in early June, a longtime executive sued Disney and several subsidiaries for alleged sexual orientation discrimination.

Social media reaction to the modified pre-fireworks announcement was mixed, but the news did not put some commenters in a happy place. Here is a sampling:

Robert Jonathan

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