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Tokyo Disney Resort Replaces “Ladies and Gentlemen” With “Welcome Everyone” in Park Announcements to Promote Gender Inclusiveness

In an effort to make all Guests regardless of gender identity feel welcome at the park, the Oriental Land Company has changed the wording of all in-park announcements at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, according to Huffington Post Japan and a number of Twitter users.

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According to the Huffington Post JP, the change began on March 18th at both parks. Previously, announcements at the parks would begin with “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls”, with the introduction now changed to “Welcome everyone to Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea”. The change can be heard in this video from Twitter user konatsu_1102:

This change only affects the English announcements, as Japanese announcements have always used a gender-neutral term. An Oriental Land Company spokesperson stated:

We want all Guests to have a fun and comfortable experience at Tokyo Disney Resort, and we hope this change will make Guests of all gender identities feel more comfortable when they visit our parks. In consideration of these ideals and in light of changing social norms, we decided to make this change.

So far, the change is only reflected in pre-recorded announcements for parades and shows, as well as at the Country Bear Theater and The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai. The rollout will extend to more attractions in the coming months.

Disney Parks around the world have taken steps recently to be more inclusive of all Guests, including featuring same-sex couples and disabled children on the cover of park Guide Maps. Additionally, the Walt Disney Company introduced “inclusion” as its fifth key in Cast Member training last September.

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Brian
Brian
23 days ago

What a waste of time and money

RJ Peto
RJ Peto
22 days ago

Since I am a male, I guess I am offensive.

Tim
Tim
22 days ago

We live in clown world.

mis
mis
22 days ago

oh disney is so woke now. hows about welcome ladies and gentlemen and the sadly confused instead?

abdul
abdul
22 days ago

ohhh no , this looks to me , as if they’re “WAKING” up…….

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
22 days ago

Wow, once you think Disney can’t get any more woke and ridiculous, they go ahead and prove us wrong! This has to be one of the most ridiculous and unnecessary changes Disney has made. Why not focus efforts on what 99.999999% Guests really care about – magic and Guest experience. Fools.

Aidan Smith
Aidan Smith
22 days ago

This just dumb.

Mark Whalhberg
Mark Whalhberg
21 days ago

How would Walt Disney have thought about this?

Ahnsael
Ahnsael
20 days ago

I’m absolutely good with this, and hope it rolls out in other parks as well. Anybody who gets mad about “welcome, everyone” instead of “ladies and gentlemen” has their priorities out of whack.