Has making your reservation at Walt Disney World Resort become more inclusive? Tonight, I noticed something new when filling out the guest information. There is a new salutation title available. “Mx.” is now available for both adults and children under the title section for each guest when making a reservation.
As someone not familiar with this salutation, I went to Google to understand what it is.
According to the Merrimack-Webster Dictionary;
The gender-neutral Mx. is used as a title for those who do not identify as being of a particular gender.
‘Mx.’ is a gender-neutral honorific for those who don’t wish to be identified by gender. Though the earliest print evidence dates to 1977, the word has only recently become popular.
Pronounced to sound like mix or mux, the title Mx.
Although the earliest print evidence of Mx. is from a 1977 issue of an American magazine called Single Parent. Although, the title has not seen much official or published use in the US. It did, however, appear twice recently in The New York Times: a June 4th article noted Mx. as someone’s preferred honorific, and a June 5th article all about Mx. made it clear that the June 4th use was an exception. The title simply isn’t familiar enough to the newspaper’s readers to be fully adopted.
This is great news for guests of the Walt Disney World Resort who identify as Non-Binary or Gender Neutral. This is just one more great example of Walt Disney World becoming more inclusive for everyone.
Disney’s 5th Key: Inclusion
Earlier this year, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Parks & Resorts announced a 5th Key.
Every Disney Parks cast member is familiar with our longstanding tradition of The Four Keys – Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency – which have guided our approach to guest service for more than 65 years. The Four Keys are one of the first things that cast members learn about when they join Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and they are regularly reinforced throughout their tenure. Each cast member is asked to use The Four Keys as the blueprint for the decisions they make during the workday and the approach they bring to their interactions with others. Cast members around the world know them by heart and live by them in their roles every day as they create amazing experiences for our guests.
And when we asked our cast how we could better cultivate a culture of belonging, they suggested the addition of a fifth key: the key of Inclusion. Like The Four Keys before them, The 5 Keys – with Inclusion at the heart – will continue to guide us as we interact with guests, collaborate together, create the next generation of Disney products and experiences, and make critical decisions about the future of our business.
Cast Member Costume Guidelines
Additionally, with this announcement came an an update to the Cast Member Costume Guidelines
We’re looking at other traditions, too – including the policies that guide how our cast members show up for work. Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos. We’re updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.
Moving forward, we believe our cast, who are at the center of the magic that lives in all our experiences, can provide the best of Disney’s legendary guest service when they have more options for personal expression – creating richer, more personal and more engaging experiences with our guests.
This is just the beginning as we continue to work toward a world where we all belong – including a more diverse and inclusive Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. There’s more to do, but we’re committed to listening, learning and making meaningful improvements.
These small changes are a huge step forward in inclusiveness at Walt Disney World Resort.
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