It appears that The Walt Disney Company’s push towards its ideals of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” has made new ground in a beloved Disney World experience: the princess-making salon, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Since its inception, the troupe of hair-dressing Cast Members was called “Fairy Godmothers in Training.” However, it appears that the name has been changed, and upon Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’s reopening, the Cast Members will go by the supposedly more “gender inclusive” term, “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices.” The change is confirmed by a recent update on The Walt Disney World website and eliminates the need for the Cast Members to identify solely as female by using the gender-exclusive term “Godmother.”
This change comes several months after the decision was made by Disney leadership to stop automatically referring to little girls who visit the Magic Kingdom as “princess” in the name of “inclusion.” Click the link below for our previous coverage of that story.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a magical extra-cost experience that allows little girls to be transformed into magical Disney Princesses of their own or transformed into the likeness of their favorite Disney princesses. Offering a variety of packages, as well as “The Knight Package” for brave boys, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has locations at Magic Kingdom near Cinderella Castle, Disney Springs Marketplace, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as locations at the Disneyland Resort in California and aboard Disney Cruise Line ships, including the Disney Wish.
This experience is only reserved for Guests between 3-12, and all accompanying adults should know that reservations are highly recommended, and the magical transformation takes between 30-60 minutes to complete.
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