- Disney World hosted a preview of its Magic Kingdom fireworks show for employees on Wednesday.
- Ahead of the event, the preshow recording was changed to become more inclusive to all visitors.
- The greeting used to reference ladies, gentlemen, boys, and girls; it now says “dreamers” instead.
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Employees were invited to a “cast member” preview of the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday. The event was the first fireworks showing hosted at Disney World since the nightly shows were halted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the fireworks show seemingly remains unchanged, the preshow recording is now different. As heard in videos shared by employees, Disney World has replaced the “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls” greeting with one that says “Good evening, dreamers of all ages!”
One Twitter user, who goes by @ShowcaseWishes, shared a video comparing the greeting as heard in 2020 to the one played on Wednesday night.
—Showcase of Wishes (@ShowcaseWishes) June 30, 2021
Although the theme park has not commented on the change, Disney has made numerous efforts in recent months and years to become a more welcoming place for all visitors.
In June 2020, Disney announced that it would turn its Splash Mountain attraction at its US theme parks into “Prince and the Frog”-themed rides.
The update was announced shortly after an online petition was created with the goal of encouraging Disney to ditch the ride’s music and characters from “Song of the South,” a 1946 Disney film that’s been widely criticized for its racist plot and imagery.
The company also announced in January that it’d be removing racially insensitive scenes from its classic Jungle Cruise rides.
The updated rides, which will no longer include “negative depictions” of native peoples, according to Disney, are meant to “stay true to the experience we know and love,” while also reflecting and valuing “the diversity of the world around us,” as Disney previously said on the Disney Parks Blog.
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