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A three-old-boy named Noah wasn’t allowed to participate in a “Princess for a Day” Celebration at Disneyland Paris. Why? Simply because he’s a boy.
Noah was “buzzing with excitement” when he learned the theme park offered children the opportunity to be made over into their favorite princess, including his favorite Elsa from Frozen. But the excitement was short-lived when the park told his mother boys weren’t allowed to join in.
Noah’s mother Hayley McLean-Glass blogged about the incident, writing that she was devastated when she tried to make the booking only to receive an email saying “at this time it is not possible to book princess for a day for a boy”.
McLean-Glass wrote on her blog: “So let me get this straight….my son, who fell in love with the concept of Disney Princesses at Disneyland, is not allowed to have the same experiences as the little girls who visit you simply because ‘He’s a boy?'”
She told ITV News: “I just think that it’s unfair, I mean if there was an activity such as a pirate dress up or a Spider-Man event, little girls would be allowed to do it.”
“If anyone told a little girl that she couldn’t do that there would be absolute uproar, but I just don’t understand why it’s different for a boy.”
Once the incident made television, Disneyland Paris reached out to apologize, clarifying their stance on the issue.
Thankfully, Disneyland have now contacted us to confirm that the response we received is not reflective of their policies and have promised to update all of their staff on this, AND they have now changed the wording on their website to remove the line that the Princess experience is to “grant little girls’ wishes” to make it more inclusive.
Which further proves the point that their original response to my request was wrong in every way…legally and morally.
Disneyland Paris released the following statement to ITV:
We are taking this situation very seriously and sincerely apologize to Hayley and Noah for the distress caused.
An isolated incident, the cast member’s response is not reflective of any policy or belief held here at Disneyland Paris. We are going to ensure this does not happen again.
Diversity is near and dear to our hearts and we want to make sure that all our guests enjoy their experience at our resort.
Of course, both boys and girls are welcome to enjoy The Princess For a Day experience in addition to all our other special activities.