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Disney changes the cast members’ names to “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices” to be more inclusive

Disney changes the cast members' names to "Fairy Godmother's Apprentices" to be more inclusive

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It seems that Cinderella’s “fairy godmother” will also wake up.

Cast members in Disney Baby Bibedy Boutique Now they’ll be called “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices” – rather than “Fairy Godmothers in Training” – according to Disney.

The change is an effort to make theme parks more gender-neutral, Walt Disney World (WDW) News Today reported Tuesday.

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The change of address is already reflected on both Walt Disney World and Disneyland locations.

General views of Walt Disney’s “Partners” statue in the Magic Kingdom, celebrating its 50th anniversary in April 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
(Photos by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC)

The Disney blog, Streaming the Magic, also reported on the issue.

One post there noted, “This way cast members who may not identify as female can still be a part of the children’s dress-up and design process without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character.”

The “disc” is part of a larger and ongoing move toward more inclusion on the part of Disney.

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Last summer, the company began removing any use of the phrase “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from its parks.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Walt Disney World for comment.

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Some Disney fans reacted angrily to the news on social media.

One Twitter user suggested that changing the title now deprives Disney of its “magic”.

Visitors to the park between the ages of 3 and 12 can visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a Disney-themed makeover.

The new Fairy Godmother’s apprentices are responsible for transforming young guests into princesses or knights with hairstyling, makeup and change of clothes.

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse inside the Magic Kingdom theme park on July 17, 2019.

A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse inside the Magic Kingdom theme park on July 17, 2019.
(Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique is scheduled to reopen on August 25, 2022, since it closed during Corona virus pandemic.

A New York father, who took his two young children to Disney World in Florida, commented on the change, “I saw this [the change in title to ‘Fairy Godmothers in Training’] I think it’s absurd.”

He added, “Having a daughter who worked at the Bibbity Boppity boutique where this is being carried out reinforces my thoughts that I can’t take my kids there anymore. They’ve just woken up.”


He also said that in his opinion, “Disney’s footprint will be significantly reduced in a decade because of things like that.”