A video taken by a mother at Disneyland appears to show that the park has employed a man in a dress with a moustache to greet children as they enter a fantasy boutique where they can buy attire to look like princes or princesses.
As reported by TimCast, the employee, who appears to be a man in a dress, was seen greeting little girls at the salon and dress shop called the "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique." It is not clear when the video was taken; however, it was first posted on TikTok on May 23, 2023. It has also not been independently verified whether or not the person in the video is a biological male or whether the person is still employed with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
A Disney tourism website describes the store as a boutique that "offers full Princess makeovers with options to upgrade to higher tiers offering full photo packages and princess dresses."
The expensive store allows children to use "magic mirrors" and get their hair done and makeup applied. The makeovers at the boutique are limited to the ages of 3 to 12.
A video posted to Twitter shows what appears to be a man in makeup and a dress waving to a child and saying, "So, my name is Nick, I'm one of the fairy godmother's apprentices."
"I'm here to shop you around and make all your selections for the day," he continued.
The caption reads, "Disney has a man in a dress working in the dress store for little girls at Disneyland. This is who Disney wants girls to see when they first walk in to pick out a dress."
Greeters at the store used to be "fairy godmothers in training," according to TimCast, a position typically held by a young woman who would assist young girls in deciding what type of princess makeover they would prefer.
According to website Inside the Magic, Disney resorts changed the policy on greeters in 2022 to be more inclusive. The report, titled "First Look at New Gender-Inclusive Cast Member Role at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique," explained that "Boutique Cast Members were formerly called 'Fairy Godmothers in Training' but will now be called 'Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices', according to an update on Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort’s websites."
The report went on to explain that the change allowed "Cast Members who don’t identify as female to participate."
The Walt Disney Company and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products have not yet responded to a request for comment.
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