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  • On Jan 6, 2022
    Erika Asked

    My family will be visiting Disney World. My child identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. They will be crushed if cast members refer to them as “princess”. How can we indicate to staff to not gender them? But also stay safe.

    Hiya there, Erika! Welcome to planDisney, the place to go when you need friendly advice for your upcoming Disney vacation!

    I am so happy to hear that you have decided to join us here at the Walt Disney World Resort this year! This, in my opinion, is the perfect time to come and make new memories with your family. 2022 is sure to be filled with magic and enchanting surprises, so definitely keep your eyes peeled and make sure to take thousands (okay, maybe not thousands, but definitely HUNDREDS) of pictures! Trust me, this is THE YEAR to remember. 

    Erika, do you want to know why the Walt Disney World Resort is also known as The Most Magical Place on Earth? That's because it is a truly amazing and safe space for EVERY SINGLE GUEST. All the Cast Members here are exceptionally good at making everyone feel welcome and special, so I am sure that your child will have a wonderful and joyful time. That being said, I am sure that they have been misgendered in the past, which is exactly why you don't want it to happen while they're walking through the World Showcase at EPCOT, admiring the beauty of Asia and Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, dancing to jazz music at Disney's Hollywood Studios or singing along to the "it's a small world" theme song at Magic Kingdom Park. Although I am certain that Disney Parks are making an enormous effort to make every Guest (and Cast Member!) feel at home and 100% included, I also know that mistakes are made and accidents happen. 

    In order to avoid this, I would suggest asking any Cast Member for a celebration button and writing your child's preferred pronouns on it. Celebration buttons are eye-catching and fun, and most Cast Members will notice them. Fun fact: if a Cast Member is made aware of the button, your child might even receive some extra magic here and there... score! Another great thing about celebration buttons is that they are easy to remove if you or your child don't want other people taking a peek. I would also encourage you to take the celebration button of your choice to Disney's Days of Christmas at Disney Springs or Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe at Magic Kingdom Park so that one of the very talented Cast Members can hand-paint and decorate it to your child's liking. This way, your child will be able to keep it as a souvenir that will remind them of their magical family vacation for decades to come. 

    Erika, I wish you and your family the very best from the bottom of my heart! Please feel free to stop by with any other questions you might have about planning a whimsical Disney vacation. My friends and I will be happy to assist you!

    Have courage and be kind,

    Ana Paula
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Meet the Panelist: Ana Paula, Mexico

¡Hola from Mexico City! I love to sing, hang out with my dogs, listen to Disney music, read, and watch Frozen on repeat. I am also an English teacher, and I love surprising my students with pixie dusted lessons and warm hugs whenever I can! I am thrilled and excited to share my knowledge about EPCOT and the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort–in English and Spanish–with you. ChEARS! Learn More About Ana Paula

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