Disneyland Paris recently issued an apology for banning a 3-year-old boy from partaking in their "Princess for a Day" experience because he was, in fact, a boy.
The boy's mother, Hayley McLean-Glass decided to write a blog piece discussing the issue, titled, "Why Can't My Son Be a Princess." In it, she claimed that while at the Disneyland Hotel, she had tried to get her son Noah a princess makeover. According to McLean-Glass, Noah was "the biggest" fan of Princess Elsa of Disney's animated film Frozen.
McLean-Glass continued in her blog stating, "We have spent a small fortune in Disney items for him," and noted, "He wears his beloved Elsa dress all day every day...he even refuses to take it off at bedtime. He knows every single word to 'Let It GO' and all of the other Frozen songs."
"If there's such a thing as a Frozen super fan, Noah is it!" she wrote, also adding that Noah is also a big fan of several other Disney princesses including Rapunzel ("Tangled"), Jasmine ("Aladdin"), and Belle ("Beauty and the Beast").
McLean-Glass then discussed the reason behind Disneyland Paris' apology. She claimed that when inquiring about securing a spot for Noah to participate in the "Princess for a Day" makeover, she was told that, "at this time, it is not possible to book Princess for a Day for a boy."
In response, the disgruntled mother said the following: "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’?”
The blog continued, "I can’t help but wonder if the same rule would apply should you introduce an activity at your parks that is only for boys. If a little girl wants to be a super hero, she can be. If she wants to be a Jedi, she can be. She can be whatever she wants… just like Walt Disney himself said, ‘If you can dream it you can do it!’”
On Disneyland Paris' online site the service promises to, "Grant every little girl's wish with a real Princess's makeup and hairstyling session; a fairy tale transformation they'll treasure forever." Since the blog hit the web, Disneyland Paris issued an apology and told The Independent: "This experience is available to all children ages three to 12 and we've reached out to the family to apologize for them being provided with inaccurate information.'
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