Seeing a Disney World character for the first time is a magical experience. In fact, for most people seeing a character for the 100th time is just as magical. Disney does an amazing job making character interactions special in their parks. However, the latest development in Disney’s character meet and greets is nothing but controversial. Now, men can play the role of Disney princesses in the Disney parks.
Yes, you heard that right. Princess character meet and greets are no longer exclusively women’s roles. A man can now play Cinderella or Snow White at Disney World for example. This massive change at Disney World is extremely controversial, to say the least.
Breaking Down this Disney Controversy
Why is Disney allowing men to play the role of princesses inside their parks? Naturally, like any decision these days, it comes down to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In fact, Disney has five keys at the core of their business. The original four are Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency. We’ve talked a lot about safety recently in these articles here. However, in 2021, Disney added a fifth key, which is conveniently inclusion.
According to Disney’s website, “Inclusion is essential to our culture and leads us forward as we continue to realize our rich legacy of engaging storytelling, exceptional service, and Disney magic.” This is the key that led to Disney allowing men to play as princesses in their parks for the meet and greets. However, this decision has people scratching their heads for a few reasons.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Disney continues to get bolder in the decisions they make and Ron Desantis is hot on their tail. It’s not clear if Disney made this decision to be divisive and stick it to Governor Desnatis or if they truly believe it’s for the betterment of their company to have men dressing up as women characters inside their parks. However, with the wild increase in drag performances for kids, it’s not much of a surprise Disney is hopping on the bandwagon.
What Are People Saying About Men Dressing as Disney Princesses?
As you might expect, this decision by Disney is creating some heat. Many guests are extremely angry over Disney’s decision to allow men to play the roles of princesses in their parks. They want princesses to be played by women since they are women in the movies. They don’t want to see drag brought into Disney World, especially since it is a place for families.
On the other hand, some supporters say this is good for Disney. They applaud Disney for being more inclusive. However, they feel that if men can play female characters in Disney, females should be able to play males. For example, Peter Pan could be played by a woman. While most people we talked to were against this, there were a few who were all for men dressing as princesses in the parks.
It’s worth noting that sometimes Tinker Bell flying from the castle during Happily Ever After is a man. However, no one can tell because they are not close to the character. Also, costume characters like Mickey may be played by a woman or Minnie by a man. Except, no one would know because they are hidden in the costume. Ultimately Disney is treading a fine line with this decision and many are not happy with it.
What do you think of Disney allowing men to play the role of princesses inside their theme parks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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Unfortunately this is probably not a parody for much longer……
I really don’t care what these male/female oddities do in their bedrooms but don’t shove it in my face or try to influence our families. This is ridiculous- Walt Disney would have stopped this long ago