Disney parks dropped “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from its traditional fireworks announcement as part of a push to be more inclusive, and some people were none too pleased.
The change came to light at a Wednesday preview of the Orlando, Florida theme park’s “Happily Ever After” fireworks display. But the switch apparently extends throughout the Disney empire and is used in more than fireworks displays, as confirmed by a spokesperson for Tokyo Disneyland.
As word of the change circulated on social media, knee-jerk reactions condemning the move surfaced from those who apparently feel the embrace of diversity and inclusion has gone too far.
Twitter user Showcase of Wishes, one of the many traditionalists who bristle at even tiny changes, posted a comparison on Twitter.
“Dreamers of all ages” is pretty great, includes everyone, and moves away from the gender binary. What’s not to like?