Disney Changes Its Cast Members’ Names to ‘Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices’ to Be More Inclusive

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Cinderella’s “fairy godmother” will apparently wake up too.

Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Shop cast members will now call themselves “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices” – instead of “Fairy Godmothers in Training” – according to Disney.

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

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The title change is already reflected on the Walt Disney World and Disneyland websites.

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General views of Walt Disney’s “Partners” statue at the Magic Kingdom, celebrating its 50th anniversary in April 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
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The Disney blog, Streaming the Magic, also reported on the matter.

A post there noted, “This way, cast members who might not identify as female can still be part of the process of dressing and styling the kids without having to identify themselves as a female character from Disney.”

The “tweak” is part of a larger and ongoing move toward more inclusivity on Disney’s part.

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

A masked family walks past Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on December 21, 2020.

A masked family walks past Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on December 21, 2020.
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Fox News Digital has reached out to Walt Disney World for comment.

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

A Twitter user suggested that the title change now robs Disney of its “magic”.

Park visitors ages 3 to 12 can visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Shop for a Disney-style makeover.

The newly appointed apprentice fairy godmothers are in charge of transforming the young guests into princesses or knights with hairstyle, make-up and costume change.

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

Statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse inside the Magic Kingdom theme park on July 17, 2019.
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The Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique is set to reopen on August 25, after being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

He added: “Having a daughter who did the Bibbity Boppity shop where this is implemented just further cements my thoughts that I can’t take my kids there anymore. They’ve completely woke up.”

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

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