Disney Reportedly Cancels Tinker Bell Because She's A "Problematic Image" For Young Girls, Will No Longer Hold Meet-And-Greets

Disney will no longer hold meet-and-greets with the beloved fairy. Here's what we know.

By Nicole Dominique2 min read

The following quote by an alleged Disney representative has been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook: "Tinkerbell, unfortunately, has become a problematic image for our guests; specifically, young girls. Specifically, in terms of the portrayal of an unrealistic body image as well as dependency of approval and/or attention from Peter Pan, as seen in previous incarnations of the character. We feel these traits are no longer representative of our inclusive focused values and thus are currently in process of redesigning an updated Tinkerbell for modern audiences."

While there is no official news of Disney representatives making the above statement, it is true that the Magic Kingdom has quietly removed the fairy from its meet-and-greets. On May 3, 2024, the Disney fan website WDWNT revealed that signs to meet Tinker Bell had been moved from Town Square Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios. They say a virtual queue will replace it for the Star Wars merchandise release on May 4.

Disney insiders have also revealed that Tinker Bell's fate "has been finalized" and that removing her signs signifies "the end for the fairy at Magic Kingdom." When the Plan Disney committee was asked why Tink was no longer available to meet at parks, they responded that you can still see her make her evening flight at the end of the Happily Ever After nighttime fireworks, and she's also at the Festival of Fantasy Parade. I can confirm both are true, as I was there just a few weeks ago. However, while Peter Pan strolled around Magic Kingdom near his ride, there was no Tink in sight.

If we look at the timing, you'll notice that the removal came after Disney's Stories Matter team crucified the fairy for being "problematic," according to a 2022 New York Times report. "Tinker Bell was marked for caution because she is 'body conscious' and jealous of Peter Pan’s attention, according to the executives, while Captain Hook could expose Disney to accusations of discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities because he is a villain," The Times wrote.

In conclusion, the statement by the mysterious rep is nowhere to be found, but Disney World did get rid of the Tinker Bell meet-and-greets, likely due to the backlash the fictional (emphasis on this word) character received by social justice warriors.

Not sure who needs to read this, but I promise little girls watching Peter Pan are not comparing themselves to the cartoon fairy. Sure, they probably want to dress like her and play pretend, but they're not telling themselves to diet, nor are they trying to gain approval from men. They just want to feel like a magical fairy and wear her cute costume. It's coming from a place of innocence and play. It was really never that deep.

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