Disney Parks Replaces ‘Fairy Godmother-in-Training’ With Gender-Neutral Language

(NEXSTAR) – Disney Parks will use newer, more inclusive language to describe employees who work at its Bibbidi Bobbidi stores, according to a Disney representative.

The shop workers, formerly known as “Fairy Godmothers in Training”, are now called “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices”. The change was made to allow men to work at the shop as well.

“With the wave of a magic wand – plus a few practical tricks of the trade – our Fairy Godmother’s apprentices will pamper and beautify your child until they look like a storybook gorgeous,” reads- on in a current Magic Kingdom shop description. “Kids can choose a hairstyle, then add makeup, nail polish, and accessories — even a Disney costume.”

Shops, which had closed amid the pandemic, are reopening at Disney World and Disneyland on August 25, the Disney Parks Blog confirmed in late June. In this blog post, the employees were already called “the apprentices of the fairy godmother”. An older blog post from before the pandemic called the workers “fairy godmothers in training.”

A Disney Parks representative, however, told Nexstar that Disney actually made the decision to switch to the new titles in 2020, but the implementation was delayed when stores were closed amid the pandemic. The new titles were chosen to make cast members of any gender feel accepted and welcome when working in stores, according to the rep.

Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Shops are located at Disneyland, Disney World and on Disney cruise ships. The Disney Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa locations will reopen at a later date, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

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