New Disney Princess? Disney Employs Man in Dress to Help Little Girls Shop for Dresses
In a video captured by a mother at Disneyland, it seems that the park has hired a man wearing a dress and sporting a mustache to welcome children into a make-believe boutique that offers prince and princess costumes.
According to TimCast, a person who appears to be a man wearing a dress was captured on video greeting young girls at the “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” salon and dress shop. The video was initially shared on TikTok on May 23, 2023; however, it’s unclear when it was filmed. It has not been independently confirmed if the individual is a biological male, and it’s unknown if they still work for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
According to a Disney tourism website, the store is a boutique that provides Princess makeovers. The store offers higher tiers with additional options like full photo packages and princess dresses. The boutique is a bit pricey, but it provides magical mirrors for children to use, and they can get their hair and makeup done. Please note that the makeovers are only available for children between 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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Ta2dwyAaSa
— Jason Jones (@jonesville) May 30, 2023
According to TimCast, the store’s greeters were previously known as “fairy godmothers in training” and were usually young women who helped young girls select their preferred type of princess makeover.
The website Inside the Magic reported that Disney resorts have updated their greeter policy in 2022 to increase inclusivity. 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.”