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Comments for Disney Changes Happily Ever After Introduction to Be More Gender-Inclusive

Happily Ever After Fireworks at Cinderella Castle

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46 Comments

  1. TotalDramaDisney

    I have just one question. It’s a simple question. WHO CARES?

    1. Tina M.

      Me to, I’m more interested in the Event than the announcement.Good point TotalDramaDisney.

  2. Mary

    How about “and to all you freaks” being added to announcement?

    1. Mickeba

      Sorry Mary, you don’t get a personal greeting. By the way, you win today’s award for “Creep of the Day”, Mary. Very despicable comments on your part.

    2. Natasha

      You’re a horrible and despicable person! My daughter is transgender and died by ask anyone fir a dam thing! She doesn’t want special treatments or changed labors for birthing mothers etc.. she doesn’t even feel proud to be anything because she says it sucks having people like YOU hate her for just wanting to be her authentic self! She just wants to blend in..my daughter has more respect for others and is a very kind and compassionate towards others then you will ever hope to be. Although I don’t care for Disney changing the opening of the show, I’m thankful for their full support to the LGBTQ community in trying to send a message that they’re all inclusive in allowing everyone be free to be whom they are. You’re just a disgusting person now and forever.

  3. Mike Rabkin

    I’m confused as to why the need for a change at all, as everyone IS classified as either a lady, gentleman, boy or girl? (Unless the human race has somehow sprouted additional genders?). Even if one undergoes a gender change from their gender of birth, they’re still either a man or woman…right?

    1. PAM

      At the moment it seems off, “Good evening, dreamers of all ages, in a few moments”. It just doesn’t flow. If they get rid of the comma between evening and dreamers it sort of flows better.

    2. Steve

      I agree, why is it needed?? Either way you end up male or female, but Disney is just becoming more politically correct. To me It sorta takes away some of the magic away, when I hear those words ladys and gentlemen, boys and girls, I hear it a lil different, like gentlemen to boy, because of the way it takes me back, from a man to a child , thats the magic to me, idk, just me

      1. Mickeba

        Because people who are struggling with their gender have always been marginalized with an outward gender identity they are not comfortable with. There is nothing wrong at all with this change. It’s sad that people can’t appreciate the struggles of others.

      2. Mickeba

        It’s needed to bring people together and feel supported. People who are struggling with gender identity don’t feel they are truly represented in society, see the comments from people who call them freaks. They grapple with the ways that people view them and for a trans male or female, simply seeing an announcement of “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls,” doesn’t really reach them. If you are a trans male, the world still sees you as female, and just because the other “boys and gentlemen” in the crowd are addressed as such, that doesn’t make them feel as if they are included and seen.

    3. Amber

      Hi, I think you’re confusing Sex with gender. Sex is what genitalia you are born with and it’s not one or the other some people are born with both. Gender is a social construct that is far more fluid, there are not two options. It’s always been this way and is demonstrated in other cultures and throughout history. It’s only within our history where we’ve not been willing to understand the complexities. Disney has added inclusivity as one of its core values. So it’s here to stay.

    4. Cynthia

      Actually there is something called intersex where biologically you are born neither fully male or female. They are about 1-2% of the population are born this way. Look it up and educate yourself.

      1. John

        It’s actually 0.018% of the population.

      2. Tina M.

        So , maybe Ladies and Gentlemen, boy’s and girl’s, Dreamer’s, intersex, they, them, any , all, her, him, he , she, was, will, you are included and seen and we are about to start the show.

        1. Tina M.

          I miss the Disney that was just about Fantasy and Fun.Escape.There are many people that go to the Parks with issues not just a gender crisis all issues matter and are of great importance but do not need to be announced and/or addressed.We go there for Fun not lessons or direction on how to accept another’s condition.

    5. Jah

      There’s gender neutral people who don’t identify as male or female and gender fluid people who identify as both

  4. Bren

    See there is already a hater here. Love how people resort to name calling, such as saying people are freaks. This only proves why Disney needed to change their introduction because it’s people like Mary who do not deserve to be addressed in the category of “ladies” because name calling is never done by a proper lady. Thank you Mary for showing why Disney needed to change their introduction. Seen many a “lady” and “gentleman” at Disney who did not know how to be a proper lady or gentleman. Thank you Mary once again for displaying how a proper lady does not behave! Good luck dreamers of all ages! I actually like the sound of the new phrase.

    1. Carol

      You’re 100% right. All of the hatred and bitterness needs to end. I’m glad Disney is actively working to become more inclusive.

    2. Mickeba

      There’s always haters on this site who chime in on issues of gender inclusivity. I’m sorry for the haters that Disney isn’t the right wing, Christian, white supremacist, discriminatory place they want it to be. Thankfully for decent people everywhere, Disney is inclusive and Disney cares. These haters should just go away.

      1. Linda

        So, anyone who doesn’t like the new Disney message is a right wing, Christian, white supremacist? I guess you just showed that there are haters on both sides of the issue.

  5. Kate

    I am a pediatrician. Trans and non binary children and adults have extremely high rates of suicide. This is a very vulnerable population. I support any measures that are more inclusive for these kids. I will never understand how anyone objects to this. It’s such a small thing for most of us, a few words that cost us nothing, but that can make a world of difference for kids who are struggling.

    1. Christina

      Thank you for speaking up on this. I never understand the hate some people can show others who are not like them.

    2. Eric

      Congratulations for being a pediatrician, as if that gives any credence to your opinion on this subject.

      That .01% of the population have high rates of suicide because of the severe mental illness that they suffer through and don’t get adequate treatment for from medical professionals. To alter everything in our society for a very small part of the population that isn’t getting appropriate treatment isn’t compassion or empathy. It’s forcing the rest of us to deny reality.

      For Disney, most people won’t notice this, though the flow of those sentences sounds terrible. But it is a decision that will have consequences for them.

      At one point do we have non-binary or trans Disney princesses and how are you going to explain THAT to your children? Media and schools are already forcing children to accept non-reality as reality. At what point will we just be a society of mentally ill people and when does that society implode because of that.

      Get people the mental health treatments they need and lets go back to reality.

      1. Paul

        Eric, love how you say, “Congratulations for being a pediatrician, as if that gives any credence to your opinion on this subject.”

        Kate is literally an *expert* on this. This is what pediatricians know, this is what they do. And the human, biological, genetic, and physiological *fact* is gender is a continuum from male to female. Yep, absolutely true. It’s a minority of the population that falls into the in-between zone, but it’s an absolute fact.

    3. SG

      Thank you and everyone supporting Disney, who in my opinion is doing the right thing. I LOVE being called a Dreamer. I dream all the time. Now I’m dreaming of a Magic Kingdom, a Land, a World and where no one is called names, that they are loved for who they are deep down inside and don’t have to hide here and hopefully from the outside world. This is a safe place full of dreamers and humane humans.

  6. Women’s Rights

    Surprised they hadn’t done it sooner. Inclusive etc etc. But what perked my ears up was gender neutral housing for its college students. I’m sure “everyone is happy with it.” I’m sure the women in the program go along with it. But realize that female-only spaces such as women only living arrangements exist/Ed for a reason. Women are attacked, abused, killed everyday, it’s so commonplace it’s a non-issue. But some women like to not be intimately exposed to men. If you give in to the demands of “some” other groups, why ignore women?

  7. Kenr

    Completely unnecessary to change that introduction.

    1. Tina M.

      I totally agree with you, Kenr.

  8. Angel

    While I don’t think it was necessary, at least they didn’t change it to include all of the new gender titles that are being forced upon everyone. Ladies, gentleman, boys and girls, already covered it, in my opinion. Even just boys and girls would have been fine. I don’t think they needed to add to that simply because someone is confused or feels like a boy when they are a girl. If that’s the case then the welcome “boys” covers it. If you are a boy who feels like a girl, then welcome “girls” covers it. Transgender? we had you covered with boys and girls, sex reassignment? Yep boys and girls covers you too. For those who do not want any gender, those who do not want to be called boy or girl, I apologize but their issues go much deeper than an opening welcome announcement at Disney World. In this world, in science, in any situation, there are 2 options, boy or girl. The way someone feels about themselves cannot always be addressed. That being said, while I feel it was unnecessary I think Disney handled it well, and I don’t think anyone will truly notice during the excitement of the show. It will still be an amazing show regardless of anyone’s actual or perceived gender. Now that housing situation needs a bit more clarification.

    1. Lor

      100% agree! They totally had it already covered – ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of…everyone is covered in that statement alone! No need for change.

  9. Mickeba

    It’s needed to bring people together and feel supported. People who are struggling with gender identity don’t feel they are truly represented in society, see the comments from people who call them freaks. They grapple with the ways that people view them and for a trans male or female, simply seeing an announcement of “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls,” doesn’t really reach them. If you are a trans male, the world still sees you as female, and just because the other “boys and gentlemen” in the crowd are addressed as such, that doesn’t make them feel as if they are included and seen.

  10. John

    Less than 1% of people are gender non binary, yet 22% of Floridians are native Spanish speakers, many of whom barely speak English. So why not make the intro also in Spanish and be more inclusive? Is it all about PR and not really about inclusion?

    1. Paul

      “What-about-ism” is a logical fallacy and failure in critical thinking. In other words, if you had a valid argument against this you’d have written it.

      1. Patti

        Great work Disney! Another check mark in the books for you! Bowing down and kissing the *** of all those woke folks!!
        NO CHANGE NEEDED!!

        1. John

          You are giving too much credit to Paul. His “argument” nullifies itself. He is just a broken record, repeating whatever was put in him.

  11. SG

    Thank you and everyone supporting Disney, who in my opinion is doing the right thing. I LOVE being called a Dreamer. I dream all the time. Now I’m dreaming of a Magic Kingdom, a Land, a World and where no one is called names, that they are loved for who they are deep down inside and don’t have to hide here and hopefully from the outside world. This is a safe place full of dreamers and humane humans.

  12. Max Porras

    It’s ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and if any mutant freak feels offended, they can stay home or seek some therapy instead of throwing this bullsh*t indoctrination on little kids you as*holes!!!

  13. Randy

    Because if you don’t cater to the gays (who BTW are still just a small minority of the population), you can’t be Disney. Pathetic.

  14. Lisa fly

    I don’t understand why every aspect of society and everyday life needs to now change for 1% of the population. Where does this end? What about inclusiveness for over weight people nor red heads or brown eyed people. People are left out and made fun of everyday. What about them? I don’t have anything against trans people or non binary people. But leave my life alone. I’m happy being me and dont think I need to change my entire life so you can be happy. The Disney traditions I grew up with I can’t share with my grandkids cause now it’s seen as wrong and is being changed. What’s gonna happen to the princesses. With they need to become something else too.

  15. Roberto Figueroa

    I don’t understand this. A men that wants to be a woman will be ladies, woman that wants to be a man will be gentlemen. What else is wanted from the LGBTQ community, special treatment? Why? Soon they will want a new flag displaced with our American Flag. I have nothing against any LGQTB person but they want treatments that I don’t get.

  16. Tina M.

    So , maybe Ladies and Gentlemen, boy’s and girl’s, Dreamer’s, intersex, they, them, any , all, her, him, he , she, was, will, you are included and seen and we are about to start the show.

  17. Probably most would not have noticed. Or if they did, they would give it a passing thought. However you can certainly believe the LBGTQ…. Community will make a big deal of it. As long as it doesn’t interfere with my life, I don’t really care. I’m there for the Magic. Not to be “educated”.

  18. Rebecca

    Had I not read this article I’d have not noticed the difference in the announcement. My question is, how does this change hurt anyone? Does it offend you to be called a dreamer? Had this new introduction been the status-quo for the past 49 years would you now be offended by it being changed to something different? Think about it, the change literally doesn’t hurt anyone. If any change hurts nobody but helps just one person, then isn’t the change is a good one? I can guarantee you that there will be zero children at Disney that look to mom or dad and ask, “why didn’t they say “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”? Kids don’t care, they are there for the fun. I don’t understand why people are making a big deal out of such a minor change that doesn’t hurt them in the least, but helps others. *Spoiler Alert*- Disney change something daily, don’t go if you hate change!

  19. KenR

    Another completely unnecessary update. I wish they’d spend the money they spend on stupid crap like this and the Splash Mountain re-theme on a new night time parade – things that guest really care about.

  20. Lauren

    I think it’s fantastic! I love it for so many reasons. No matter who hears it, they will feel accepted and included. ????

  21. Beth

    This is ridiculous!! You are born a male or female period!!!

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