Walt Disney World in Florida has removed the greeting "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls," from its Magic Kingdom fireworks show to promote inclusivity.
Insider reported that it will now be replaced with the greeting: "Good evening, dreamers of all ages!"
Disney World employees were shown a preview of the new "Happily Ever After" fireworks show at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, which was the first fireworks show hosted at Disney World since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The voice of Disney," otherwise known as Jack Wagner, estimated that he said the well-known phrase over 8 million times during the 2 decades he spent as park announcer for Disneyland, Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland.
One Twitter user made a comparison video of the new greeting that debuted on Wednesday night, Writing: "Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls FOREVER!"
Disney removes "Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls" from Happily Ever After pre show announcement.
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls FOREVER! pic.twitter.com/joWLcYBgMf
— Showcase of Wishes (@ShowcaseWishes) June 30, 2021
Some commenters called the decision "completely unnecessary" and "overly sensitive."
One commented: "Seriously? Pirates, Splash Mountain, Jungle Cruise, now this too? I just wish the pendulum would hurry up and swing the other way... I'm so tired of this extremist way of thinking and being overly sensitive to everything!"
While others were totally 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."
A third joked, "Because 'ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls, and everyone else who identifies otherwise' can be a bit of a mouthful. Better to be straight to the point."
But this isn't the only change we've seen over the last few months...
In March, Tokyo Disney Resort also replaced its greeting: "Ladies and gentlemen" with "Welcome everyone," according to WDWNT.com. The change came from the Oriental Land Company, which licenses the Disney brand, its characters, and their likenesses for the park.
"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," an Oriental Land Company spokesperson said in March. "In consideration of these ideals and in light of changing social norms, we decided to make this change."
These changes come as the Walt Disney Company introduced "inclusion" as its fifth key in cast member training in September 2020.
The company also announced back in January that it would remove racially insensitive scenes from its rides. The updated rides no longer include "negative depictions" of native peoples, according to Disney, and reflect "the diversity of the world around us."
Last June, Disney announced that Prince and the Frog themed rides would replace Splash Mountain after visitors claimed that the ride was connected to the racist Disney movie, Song of the South, from 1946.