In this modern day and age, the Walt Disney Company makes many strides toward inclusivity, often leading the way due to the company’s family-friendly reputation and image.
Recently, another brilliant step was taken in the journey toward equality at Walt Disney World!
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For nearly twenty years, Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has been helping bring the magic to life for children visiting Walt Disney World. This experience began in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney shopping center, now called Disney Springs.
This Disney experience swiftly gained popularity, and a second location in Magic Kingdom soon followed. The process involves pampering children ages 3 to 12 and giving them magical makeovers, turning them into beautiful princesses, handsome princes, or dashing knights. It’s an excellent way to make children feel extra special on their visit to Walt Disney World.
However, this experience just became even more magical.
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This experience was nowhere to be found after the Parks reopened during the pandemic. Once it finally returned, a new inclusivity measure appeared with it. The Cast Members working at these locations were previously referred to as “Fairy Godmothers-in-Training,” and only women were selected for these roles.
Post-pandemic, the title was changed to “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentice,” and Cast Members of all genders could now work at these locations.
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More recently, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has updated its makeup palettes and cosmetic training so that the Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices can cater to children with darker skin and more textured hair. But these aren’t the only changes that have been made! The costumes have also been altered to include all children visiting the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
From Disney Parks Blog’s announcement:
Adaptive costumes are also available for young princesses and knights in need of comfortable stretch fabric, discreet flap openings for easy tube access, ankle-length bottoms to accommodate those who are seated, and velcro closing to slip the costumes on and off with ease.
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Now, children from all backgrounds can feel truly special and pampered at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!