Disney World Hit With Criticism For Its Celebration of Women’s History Month

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The Walt Disney World Resort is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” and it earned that moniker in spades. From the incredible attractions and rides that make each Disney Park at the Disney Resort stand out uniquely—think Cinderella Castle or Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom Park—to the wonderful shows that have fans flocking to the Parks like Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s “Fantasmic!”. However, one of the most memorable things about the Disney experience at this Disney Resort are the celebrations it hosts, whether that’s Mardi Gras at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs or the upcoming 100th-anniversary celebration of the Walt Disney Company. However, one recent Disney celebration—Women’s History Month—seems to have missed the mark.

Magic Kingdom Disney World

Disney characters Mickey Mouse and friends in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park/Courtesy of Disney

Walt Disney World Resort did its part to celebrate Women’s History Month in a few different ways. For example, recent years have seen Disney celebrating women through Celebrate HER Story. This initiative pays homage to “inspiring female Cast Members and beloved Disney heroines as we celebrate their achievements.”

Specific examples of the celebrations at individual Disney Parks include this one at the Magic Kingdom, wherein Imagineers were honored with delicious treats named for them. One good example is the Madame Leota Cupcakes served at the Liberty Square Market in honor of Leota Toombs.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs/Courtesy of Disney

Fans loved this.

But some didn’t love that Disney used the opportunity to partner up with M&M’s candy to provide Guests a photo-op with the spokes candy Ms. Brown in supposed honor of this month. As reported by The Street, Guests at Disney Springs can “take a picture with Ms. Brown daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the M&M’s store on the west side of the shopping area.”

Tusker House Animal Kingdom

Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

As the article points out, Women’s History Month is about celebrating the amazing women that make up and have contributed to the world of Disney. While Ms. Brown’s meet ‘n’ greet draws a crowd, it misses the entire point of having a month of celebrating women’s incredible achievements.

As the article concluded, “Better luck next year,” Disney!

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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