Nonbinary at Disney
22 January ’16
Ah Disney, the happiest place on earth. From the first ride of the day to the last fireworks show at night, when Mickey tells Minnie she’ll always be his princess, or Donald Duck starts believing in dreams, it’s pure Disney magic. Except sometimes it isn’t.
Sometimes princesses get called prince, and that sucks.
I’ve recently been to Disneyland Anaheim, Disneyland Paris, and Disney world Florida. Let’s take a look at some of the things you’re likely to notice as a non-binary adult travelling alone.
To begin with, a trip to one of the Disney parks is an amazing adventure. Don’t do it to tick off rides, do it to have fun. Do it, but be prepared that like in the real world not everything will be perfect. Disney cast members are almost always friendly and helpful and want you to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that everything is perfect.
Depending on your apparent age, you may get called prince or princess. Cast members are trained to do this, but generally only for younger guests. Most cast members won’t remember seeing you previously, they see so many guests a day that it simply isn’t worth you remembering them (unless they are particularly good/bad).
Disney World in particular has a lot of families who are quick to strike up conversations, but they’re usually limited to where you’re from or “cool costume!” unless you keep it going.
What can get annoying after a while is all the announcements which begin “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” and the grownups telling kids their choice of toy is not gender-appropriate. This is nothing unique to Disney, but something to be aware of.
At the end of the day Disney is what you make it. Go there expecting an adventure with Disney magic and you’ll have a great time regardless of who you are.