From Fox News:
“A Whole New World” and a whole new Magic Kingdom fireworks show greeting.
Walt Disney World has removed its longtime greeting, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,” from its Magic Kingdom fireworks show to promote inclusivity, Insider reported. It will be replaced with one that starts off with “Good evening, dreamers of all ages!”
On Wednesday, Disney World employees were invited to a “cast member” preview of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom. While the fireworks show itself remains virtually the same as previous years, the show’s opening greeting has been updated.
The preview was the first fireworks show hosted at Disney World since nightly shows were halted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jack Wagner, known as “the voice of Disney,” estimated that he uttered the phrase over 8 million times during his two-decade tenure as park announcer for Disneyland, Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.
Twitter user @ShowcaseWishes shared a video comparing the greeting as heard in 2020 to the one played on Wednesday night. The user tweeted “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls FOREVER!”
Some commenters echoed the original post’s hesitation, calling the decision “completely unnecessary” and “overly sensitive.”
However, most commenters were quite supportive of the change. One user replied, “I love ‘Dreamers of all ages’ because it really makes that super snuggly and more magical. It’s so heartwarming.” Another added, “hot take: ‘good evening, dreamers of all ages’ works better thematically.”
Disney has not yet commented on the updated greeting at Disney World.
In March, the same change was made at Tokyo Disney Resort — replacing “Ladies and gentlemen” with “Welcome everyone” in park announcements to promote gender inclusivity, according to Disney fan site WDWNT.com. The change initially came from the Oriental Land Company, which licenses the Disney brand, its characters and their likenesses for the park. That change only effected English announcements, as Japanese announcements have always used a gender-neutral term.
Read the full report here.
DISNEY SHUTS DOWN: Disneyland, Walt Disney World Close Over Coronavirus Fears
Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will close their doors to tourists this week; shutting down operations to help combat the growing Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month,” the company said in a statement.
The company will also suspend its cruise operations starting March 14th.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 13, 2020
“The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open, the company said,” reports Fox Orlando.
Read the full report here.
Source: Fox Orlando
DUMBO DENIED! Disney Pulls Flying Elephant Over ‘Racist’ Characters, ‘Harmful Stereotypes’
The Disney Corporation moved in recent weeks to limit access for younger viewers to classic cartoons ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ and other titles over “racist stereotypes” and other content.
According to the Disney website, ‘Peter Pan’ was included because “The film portrays Native people in a stereotypical manner that reflects neither the diversity of Native peoples nor their authentic cultural traditions. It shows them speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as ‘redskins,’ an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes.”
Disney+ has removed several movies from children's profiles, including Peter Pan and Dumbo, on its service due to negative stereotypes. Adults can still view the movies on their Disney+ accounts. Read more: https://t.co/pTHIcuCYGz pic.twitter.com/qXSsQEVbf4
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) March 9, 2021
If your little ones want to watch Peter Pan, Dumbo, and a few other titles, you may have to stream those cartoons from an adult's profile. https://t.co/XgnIkeTDJH
— FOX Carolina News (@foxcarolinanews) March 9, 2021
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) March 9, 2021
Adults with Disney+ accounts can still access the films with the content warnings.https://t.co/9b9ePVAApD
— WMBD News (@WMBDNews) March 9, 2021
Adults with Disney+ accounts can still access the films with the content warnings.https://t.co/YptgkzD4WQ
— NEWS10 ABC (@WTEN) March 9, 2021
“Per the initiative, children under 7 will be forbidden from watching ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Peter Pan’ ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ and the ‘The Aristocats.’ Settings on the app will prevent the movies from even showing up on the young viewers’ profiles. Disney explained its rationale behind each film’s removal on the kid-focused Stories Matter section of their website,” reports the New York Post.
“The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States,” per the site.
Other films were removed for their depiction of Native Americans.
“These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now,” the advisories read. “Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.”
Read the full report at the New York Post.