Disney updates policy to offer weddings for gay couples

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has changed its weddings policy and will now allow same-sex couples to purchase its Fairy Tale Wedding packages and hold weddings or commitment ceremonies at its parks.

Disney previously had permitted gay couples to organize their own wedding or commitment ceremonies at ballrooms or other venues at its resort hotels. The change allows them to buy Fairy Tale Wedding packages and hold the events at Cinderella's Castle or other locations inside the parks -- and have options such as attendance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse in formal wear -- that are available for such ceremonies. The packages start at $8,000.

"It's the right thing to do," said Donn Walker, a company spokesman. "We had received an inquiry from a gay couple and they were told they didn't have access to the Fairy Tale Wedding programs. We debated about it internally and decided it was time to make the program more inclusive."

In the four days since the change in policy was enacted, Disney has received emails both in support and in opposition of its move, Walker noted.

"The bottom line is that our business is all about hospitality and we want to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and respected," he said.

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