Walt Disney World Removes “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” Greeting from Fireworks at Magic Kingdom to Promote Inclusivity

Shared via Twitter from last night’s Cast Member preview of the return of Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom, Disney has now removed “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” from the pre-show announcement. Take a look at the video below comparing the previous announcement to the updated one.

The new greeting simply states, “Good evening, Dreamers of all ages.” Changes like this have also been made over in Tokyo Disney earlier this year.

This is just another step Disney has taken to ensure the experiences at the parks are inclusive to all.

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Jeff
Jeff
3 months ago

So sad that WDW is doing this, just terrible.

Edward Zito
Edward Zito
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

And this hurts you personally how?

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

It’s nonsense because Disney is changing something just for the sake of changing it, to appear “woke” and “inclusive,” which is really not based on anything at all. It’s just not necessary and it pisses ALOT of people off, including myself. Just because you don’t take offense to it doesn’t mean other people won’t. Don’t you want to be open-minded and accepting of ALL viewpoints and opinions?

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

You just described a near textbook definition of the free market. WDW is an American company. Its Parks and Resorts only operate in countries that also have an open market. If the people of Florida and Japan have expressed that they will not support a company that cannot change small aspects of its experience to be inclusive (the way the brothers who founded the company intended) then the company is going to change to accommodate them. If you don’t like the change then shut your mouth and express your opinion with your dollar and your vote. That is the only… Read more »

saytransrights
saytransrights
3 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

I have a question: why does this make you so mad?

C T
C T
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

It does not “hurt” anyone personally….its just another Woke moment that is unnecessary. If your trans this or trans that, the old welcome did include everyone.

So while we are on questions….How did the old welcome hurt anyone personally? Answer….it did not. So why do it?

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  C T

Non-binary people deserve to feel included as well. Why not make the world more inclusive? That way no one gets hurt.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Maybe they should realize being non-binary means the world isn’t going to appeal to you because you can’t even appeal to yourself.

Mark Daniel Martinez
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Sad to see this many dislikes for Disney being decent to people.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

Disney was never being indecent to people.

Literally zero things wrong with the previous spiel, but fabricated outrage by a small minority of people will sway the largest companies with ease.

FL surfing guy
FL surfing guy
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Look at the woke responses getting ratio’ed. That ought to tell you something about the stupidity of this non-binary nonsense. The left seems to be all “science” until it come to interrupting their social stances.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  FL surfing guy

Looks like there are far more people who are for inclusivity and recognizing that perhaps not everyone thinks like you do. Bless your heart.

Ella
Ella
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Thank you you actually get it and understand!

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Ella

Wow, your moral superiority is off the charts!

Monty Lockaby
Monty Lockaby
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

How did leaving it in there hurt you?

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

And this helps you personally how?

eme
eme
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

I am a woman. It is not a desire, a feeling or a whim. It is a scientific fact. The only reason their choosing to ignore this is because we are talking about Disney – pure fantasy.

Bob
Bob
3 months ago
Reply to  Edward Zito

And this helps you personally how.

Joe S.
Joe S.
3 months ago

Their original announcement already included everyone.

Bit mason
Bit mason
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe S.

No, it didn’t. It didn’t include folks who identify as non binary.

Dan
Dan
3 months ago
Reply to  Bit mason

So this new one doesn’t include people who don’t dream. Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone is either a male or female. Anything else is just delusional.

Jmag
Jmag
3 months ago
Reply to  Bit mason

Sad for the future . Sounds like you are one of the brainwashed ones

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Bit mason

How so?

Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe S.

What about people who were non-binary?

Joseph Kastner
Joseph Kastner
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

There are only two genders. Believe in science

Josh
Josh
3 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Kastner

Unless the science says a vaccine can help ya, and then Science is just a conspiracy to get you to microchip yourselves, ya sheep. (I will let you decide if there is no sarcasm, or if it’s just oozing in it.)

Gotcha
Gotcha
3 months ago
Reply to  Josh

Wow, you’re making some real knee-jerk assumptions there regarding people’s opinion about an unrelated subject. Why are you such a bigot?

Sara Izquierdo
Sara Izquierdo
3 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Kastner

Got that right.!

Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

Love that there is at least 22 people who dislike non-binary folks.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

At least… what a sad state of affairs that inclusion actually upsets people.

Gotcha
Gotcha
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Lies upset people. Well, most people.

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Again, how was the former greeting “excluding” anyone? Also, if you believe there is such a concept of non-binary persons, you are a science denier. Not one person in this chat has supported this position with ANY science whatsoever.

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

They should seek help for their disorder.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe S.

The original announcement did not include everyone. Being transgender is exactly what it sounds like sir, it is a transition. People who are experiencing a medical transition, regardless of if it was intentional or natural (think of women who experience menopause and/or men with genetic hormonal disorders), sometimes choose to identify outside of the bounds of the scientific definitions of “male and female.” How we identify is a choice, sir. It always has been and always will be. But the words we choose to do that with will always change. That is simply the passage of time. Disney’s change, as… Read more »

John Ford Jr
John Ford Jr
3 months ago

Once more, Disney is so desperate to virtue signal to the 1% woke crowd at the expense of the majority of the populace. At this rate, Mickey and Minnie will have to be cancelled in favor of a more gender neutral character. So sad, China and Russia are maneuvering to dominate the world and the elites of this country are obsessed with gender pronouns. Very disconcerting and makes one fearful given the unsustainable trajectory of such supercilious posturing at the expense of pragmatism.

Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

Lol, looks like someone just trigger-word vomited and sent in their comment.

John Ford Jr
John Ford Jr
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

I take it you have no substantive rebuttal then. Typical to result to marginalizing contradictory views. There is nothing amusing, or “Lol” as you flippantly refer to it as in this topic. Apparently “inclusivity” only applies to those who share the ever fleeting trendy message of the day, not to all. Typical hypocrite.

Last edited 3 months ago by John Ford Jr
Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

John, to be honest, I have a substantive rebuttal. I just do not have the time to argue in the comments of a Disney news page.

To summarize what I would say, you’d be surprised at how large this supposed “woke crowd” is. And growing every day. I look forward to the day when people do not blame outside forces (like “elites” and “Russia”) for their own uncomfortability with change. Its okay not to like change, it is uncomfortable. But it is not the work of demonic forces.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

Well said, Theodore.

John Ford Jr
John Ford Jr
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

No one on this forum is supporting exclusion of anyone from anything. Acts like this are not change. This is gratuitous virtue signaling, nothing more. I envy people who have the luxury of such first world problems that they can look for every little spec of anything to pick apart to find offense. If people do not grow a backbone this country is doomed. We are the laughing stock of the world over this superciliousness.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

Have you ever been a part of a group that has been excluded and demonized by society? If so, it would truly help your argument about “virtue signaling”.

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

The greeting did not “exclude” or “demonize” anybody. Your argument is hollow and false. Try again.

C T
C T
3 months ago
Reply to  Theodore

thats the best you can do? You cannot type or vomit a substantive response. So you sent in the crazy/insane comment.

Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  C T

I do apologize, I don’t follow what you’re getting at.

Last edited 3 months ago by Theodore
Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

Sorry hon, sounds like you are the one pressed by pronouns. Sad.

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

Respectfully, sir, that is simply your opinion and not based in fact. The Walt Disney Company is an enormous conglomerate of multiple subsidiaries. The one that ks responsible for implementing changes in the parks is WDPR (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts). I have worked for this subsidiary in the Magic Kingdom area for 5 years. I am no longer actively employed by the company but my family has been in Florida for nearly 40 years. I have the experience to understand how the company operates, especially in the state of Florida and J can assure you that the 1%, China,… Read more »

sbslaw
sbslaw
3 months ago
Reply to  John Ford Jr

It’s less than 1 percent

Johnson Kane
3 months ago
Reply to  sbslaw

I wish that was the case. I find a running trend with modern people who don’t know anything, they discredit the past of our lives especially the 20th century. Automotive transport, Fashion, Lifestyle, food god you name it! has all been lied about in our past. Every modernist kid thinks their goal is to run as far away from the stereotypical 1950 as possible, so they constantly think they are the minority. That couldn’t be less true in fact more than the total of 60 percent of Americans now appeal to this liberally spread out agenda-provoked way of living and… Read more »

Joshua D Vigor
Joshua D Vigor
3 months ago

wth is wrong with disney stop this cancel culture crap

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  Joshua D Vigor

Please explain how this is cancel culture. They literally are just making it more inclusive. If anything, it’s the total opposite lol

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Please explain how this made it more “inclusive”; you just state conclusions without any support.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Joshua D Vigor

Who exactly is getting “cancelled” by this? The only group I can see who could possibly be unhappy about inclusivity are bigots. 🤷‍♂️

Mitchell
Mitchell
3 months ago

You kidding me!! I’m about to just be a Walt fan instead of a Disney fan from this point on because they are 2 completely different things nowadays.😔

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
3 months ago
Reply to  Mitchell

Yep, I’m there with you!!

Alex
Alex
3 months ago
Reply to  Mitchell

You are correct. Walt Disney the man and Disney the company are two entirely separate entities and have been since Roy Disney died. But I will say that both Disney brothers would have been proud of the changes the company is making today. In fact, Walt would be livid that the company does things as slow as it does in 2021. His goal was to ensure that every single human being who stepped foot onto Main Street, USA felt as at home and welcomed as he did when he walked into his own home in rural America. Walter Elias Disney… Read more »

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

You can’t speak for Walt and Roy.

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Alex

So these folks are not welcome at Disney–wholly untrue–why do you have to make things up to support your argument?

Brayden
Brayden
3 months ago

When I first read the title, I thought they removed all reference to the viewers from the show, which I would not have been a fan of. But am glad to hear that the ladies/gents/boys/girls intro has been replaced, not removed altogether. I’m sure that people will take issue with this, like they seem to do with anything posted on wdwnt. Change isn’t bad — imagine if you were one of the ones “excluded” from the original intro, and now Disney has taken actions to include you. What harm is there in that? The only issue that I could see… Read more »

Greg Landry
Greg Landry
3 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

So I guess it’s also time to remove Men’s and Women’s from the restrooms too? Just a free for all? After all, we wouldn’t want anyone to feel excluded.

Brayden
Brayden
3 months ago
Reply to  Greg Landry

Please see my reply to C T and Jared.

Jared
Jared
3 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

I hope they keep the bathrooms labeled. I understand having Men/Women or Ladies/Gentlemen on the bathroom can be gender exclusive but I would like to know which bathroom to use for I identify as a male. Thank you

Brayden
Brayden
3 months ago
Reply to  Jared

I do not think Disney has any plans on making large, co-ed bathrooms, as it would undoubtedly lead to confusion on the part of most guests. Changing the intro to a firework show, however, has little to no effect on any guest in the parks. If anything, the changed intro means less of a wait for the start of the show. Nonetheless, no where in this article or in my comment mentions bathrooms, so it seems like you are just trying to stir up a fuss. If you are concerned about people using the bathrooms aligning with their gender identity,… Read more »

C T
C T
3 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

No he makes a good point.
To be inclusive…and using the logic of this crap welcome message….then all restrooms should just say All Guests!

Brayden
Brayden
3 months ago
Reply to  C T

I think you are missing the point of inclusivity — being inclusive mean including everyone, which (I’ll say, like I’ve said before) DISNEY felt like they were not achieving through their show intro. The bathrooms offer amenities for all people, no matter their gender identity. That’s why there are multiple types of them.

Reminder to all, Disney is a private corporation and can do whatever the heck they please with their parks, movies, streaming platforms, and firework show intros.

Hillary C
Hillary C
3 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

I was traveling by plane yesterday I “identified” myself as a pilot but the crew didn’t allow me to fly the plane. I am hurt.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Hillary C

Are you really? Or are you just trying to use a made up straw man arguement to make a supercilious point?

MIke
MIke
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

How is her argument invalid? By your logic, if folks can choose to be male or female, regardless of science, then I can transition to a 20 year old South Korean, if I so choose. You have no answer, so you fall back on the “straw man” argument, which by the way failed to include any transitioning “straw people” or “straw dreamers”. Shame on you, bigot.

Jmag
Jmag
3 months ago
Reply to  Brayden

Here we go with boo hoo hurt feelings.

Enuff
Enuff
3 months ago

Keep it up, Disney, and you’ll lose your loyal customer base. This madness has to stop.
I’m almost to the point of no return now.

Bit mason
Bit mason
3 months ago
Reply to  Enuff

Bye ,bye then. Disney will not miss you and neither will I.

Shawn
Shawn
3 months ago
Reply to  Bit mason

They will miss their money it all adds up. Look at the NBA, MLB, Coca-Cola etc. Their ratings and sales slipped big time because they went woke. You may not agree with this person but it’s not just one.

Ronnie "Scoresman" Mund
Ronnie "Scoresman" Mund
3 months ago
Reply to  Bit mason

look at how many negative down votes you have…YOU are the minority…nuff said

Triton
Triton
3 months ago

Yes, because the opinions of a few dozen Disney fans is a total arbiter of the public at large. Look at all the responses, they’ve swung far into the side of inclusion. Sorry if that upsets you.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Enuff

Bye!

Evelyn
Evelyn
3 months ago
Reply to  Enuff

Maybe, just maybe, to solve this mess, Disney could just use the intro to welcome Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, and all the rest of you. How’s that for “inclusivity”. Peace.

Wyatte Stuard
3 months ago

I don’t understand, what else could someone be?

Stacy Taddiken
Stacy Taddiken
3 months ago

Good grief! This world is going to hell in a hand basket. Can’t even say “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” without someone getting butt hurt.

Josh
Josh
3 months ago
Reply to  Stacy Taddiken

And yet can’t choose to NOT say it without a whole lotta hurt butts too….

Hmm
Hmm
3 months ago
Reply to  Josh

Exactly. Imagine if Disney changed the greeting to actually include non-binary people rather than just removing the “Ladies and Gentlemen…” part. If anything, this is Disney trying to have their cake and eat it too. It makes it seem they are being progressive to those who know what it used to say, while also still being completely neutral to anyone who hears it for the first time. The people in these comments are kidding themselves if they think Disney has not done the market research to determine the benefit of these changes. A mega-corporation like Disney only does what is… Read more »

Jared
Jared
3 months ago

What does this mean for bathrooms though? Will they remove Men/Women and Ladies/Gentlemen from the signs? I am unsure what to do if they do and replace that with dreamers.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Jared

Are you equating an announcement before a piece of entertainment with a place to poop? I am unsure what your logic is.

Chelsey
Chelsey
3 months ago

Look at all those TRIGGERED by a little inclusiveness!

Neptune
Neptune
3 months ago
Reply to  Chelsey

This is not “inclusiveness”….who cares if people are gay or what the point is there doesn’t have to be a whole show put on about it. Being gay now is treated like some kind of big fashion statement and it’s not. It’s someone’s sexuality that’s all…there’s male and female in this world, that’s it…men can pretend to be women and vice versa but there’s still only 2 sexes like there has been since the beginning of humanity…Disney and other woke businesses need to wake up and realize woke people are never satisfied. Can’t keep giving in bc after 1 thing… Read more »

Theodore
Theodore
3 months ago
Reply to  Neptune

Hey, before you go on discussing anymore, I’d recommend you read a bit about the LGBTQ+ community. Cuz clearly you do not know what you are discussing.

The change made to the intro has NOTHING, literally ZERO, to do with sexuality. Being gay is not a gender. I do not know how simple I can make it.

There are more genders then male & female. That is what the change is related to. Gender, not sexuality.

Hmm
Hmm
3 months ago
Reply to  Neptune

Speaking as a gay man, I grew up in a part of the world that taught me I needed to not only hide who I am but also hate who I am. You are speaking for a community in which you know nothing about. Is there an element of showiness? Sure, but what you are really seeing are people who only just in the past few years are finally feeling they can openly be themselves. We have always been around you, but we now feel more confident to not have to hide. I guarantee you that it is only going… Read more »

Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell
3 months ago
Reply to  Neptune

I totally agree…enough is enough.
These “woke” people need to relax and just enjoy life. No need to overanalyze and get emotional over every little aspect of life.

Rachel Farthing
Rachel Farthing
3 months ago

I hope they do change the bathrooms to non gender exclusive so maybe the rude, close minded people will stay out of the parks lol

C T
C T
3 months ago

Then they need to ban you….

Hmm
Hmm
3 months ago
Reply to  C T

It’s funny to me that the typical, tired response to being called closed-minded when it comes to inclusivity changes like this is basically saying, “No you’re closed-minded for not accepting my view!” As if your view of the world doesn’t include discrediting the very existence of a significant group of people. What do you expect people’s response to be when you actively post content on the internet that attacks not only them but people they love? And if your response includes “It’s only a very small percentage of people”, then perhaps you need to look at it from the perspective… Read more »

Gotcha
Gotcha
3 months ago
Reply to  C T

Probably for LOTS of reasons…

Tinkerbell
Tinkerbell
3 months ago

Close-minded? No, just not so darn sensitive.

Laura C.
Laura C.
3 months ago

This is ridiculous. I’m so sick and tired of this stuff.

Laura W.
Laura W.
3 months ago

I don’tunderstand why everyone is so upset that they are being inclusive. Honestly if this article didn’t exist, would you have even noticed it changed?

Everyone’s triggered over everything that has to do with inclusivity… if it doesn’t cause you harm, why get angry?

mis
mis
3 months ago

iam sorry but, if you are too confused to figure out what you are then you are too confused to tell others what they must think. get over yourselves already! and no, i am not part of the confused “woke” crowd.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

Who exactly is confused here? Every trans and non-binary person I know is very aware of who they are. The confusion usually comes from cisgendered people who choose to not understand.

Hmm
Hmm
3 months ago
Reply to  mis

This comment reads as if you know exactly how the nearly 8 billion people in the world all need to think or feel. You are looking at it from the perspective of someone who thinks their way of life is the only one rather than coming to the conclusion that there are many paths. The sheer enormity of the human experience cannot be bound to a singular way of life. However, a life path that includes discrediting/hating people trying to be their true selves because you do not understand them (non-binary, LGBTQ+, people of color, etc), is not a path… Read more »

Triton
Triton
3 months ago

If this triggers you, stay home. Seriously, the snowflake is strong in so many of you! Bless your hearts.

Ronnie "Scoresman" Mund
Ronnie "Scoresman" Mund
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

Go away!

Triton
Triton
3 months ago

Why are you so mean?

Aaron
Aaron
3 months ago

So, does Pinocchio still wanna be a real boy? Or does he just wanna be a real individual? Lol

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

If Pinocchio identifies as male, then yes, he wants to be a real boy. It’s quite simple really. I have faith you will get it eventually!

Justin Poe
Justin Poe
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

It’s fun to play pretend:)

Jon
Jon
3 months ago

Disney needs to fire the CEO!!

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Why?

Keith LaSalle
Keith LaSalle
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

As a non dreamer, I feel attacked.

Shawn
Shawn
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

if you need to ask then …….

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Shawn

If you can’t provide an answer, then… why you scared?

Orange P
Orange P
3 months ago

Disney has gone too far this time. I am deeply offended that people can no longer be referred to as Ladies and Gentlemen and Boys and Girls

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Orange P

Who said that? I think you are getting upset for literally no reason. If including all guests is something you are against, you may need to find another place to vacation. May I suggest rural Alabama?

Jay
Jay
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

You understand the hypocrisy of your statement, right? You’ve commented many times on here, vouching for “inclusion” and in the same breath marginalize an entire state off of a perceived perception of intolerance. That’s illogical and very close-minded. I reject your position.

Amanda
Amanda
3 months ago
Reply to  Triton

I think you’re missing the point of what a lot of people feel. I personally respect the rights of all these people. However that works both ways. So does respect. I also want to say I like the new greeting. However the old one doesn’t offend anyone. Whatever you identify as you were still born male or female (with a small trans portion of being born with both). It’s science. You have those body parts. The part of society that is picking and choosing science is going to dangerous places. It would be never ending. At times I feel like… Read more »

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  Amanda

I’m well aware of the point people are trying to make here. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I’ve dealt with it my entire life. How exactly does this change make anyone feel like they’re being erased? That make zero sense. I have no respect for those who exclude people for the way they were born. Period.

dikfore
dikfore
3 months ago

As a non-dreamer, I am offended by this continued lack of inclusivity.

Triton
Triton
3 months ago
Reply to  dikfore

Are you really? Or are you just saying that to belittle someone different from you? It’s a fair question…