No Princess for a Day

Last week, Disneyland Paris dashed the dreams of a young British boy.  The Disneyland Hotel has a Princess for a Day package and a mom from Devon, England bought it for her 3-year-old son as a Christmas gift.  “I knew that there would be NOTHING he’d love more than to get to wear a pretty dress, put make up on like Mummy does and have his photo taken being one of his beloved Disney Princesses.”  This is how the package is officially described: “Grant every little girl’s wish with a real Princess’s make-up and hair-styling session; a fairytale transformation they’ll treasure forever.”  The mom submitted a request for her son to be “transformed” into Elsa from Frozen, saying that her son dresses like Elsa “all day every day”.  Alas, things didn’t work out as planned.

The mom got an e-mail back stating that “at this time it is not possible to book Princess for a Day for a boy”.  Mum brought up an excellent point.  “If a little girl went to Disneyland and wanted to do a pirate experience or a Spider-Man experience, there would be no way that they would stop a girl from doing that because there would be an uproar.  So why is it different for a boy?”  Why, indeed.  Once she posted all of this on social media, Disneyland Paris apologized.  “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…Of course, both boys and girls are welcome to enjoy the Princess for a Day experience in addition to all our other special activities.”

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