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Little boy told he can't take part in Disneyland Paris 'princess for a day' experience because he's a boy

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn

A three-year-old boy was told he couldn't take part in a 'princess for a day' experience at Disneyland Paris - because he's not a girl.

Noah was "buzzing with excitement" when he learned the theme park offered the opportunity to dress up as princesses, including his favourite character Elsa from Frozen.

But the excitement was short-lived when the park told his mum boys could not join in.

Noah's mother Hayley McLean-Glass, said she was devastated when she tried to make a booking only to receive an email saying "at this time it is not possible to book princess for a day for a boy".

According to his mum Noah even sleeps in his Elsa dress. Credit: ITV News

Hayley, from Paignton, Devon, added the decision to exclude Noah based on his gender was particularly disappointing as he is such a Frozen superfan.

So much so he always dresses up as Princess Elsa at home, wearing his beloved dress "from the minute he gets up... until the minute he goes to bed".

She told ITV News: "I just think that it's unfair, I mean if there was an activity such as a pirate dress up or a Spider-Man event, little girls would be allowed to do it.

"If anyone told a little girl that she couldn't do that there would be absolute uproar, but I just don't understand why it's different for a boy."

In an open letter written on her blog 'sparkles and stretchmarks', Noah's mum also openly challenged Disney on the decision saying: "This isn't even a gay/straight debate...this is a child. Who wants to be just like his favourite character."

She added: "Please do explain to me what terrible awful fate may befall him if you indulge him in his desire to have his hair done, put on an Elsa dress and wear a bit of blusher for a photo? Because frankly, I am baffled."

We are taking this situation very seriously and sincerely apologise to Hayley and Noah for the distress caused.

An isolated incident, the cast member’s response is not reflective of any policy or belief held here at Disneyland Paris. We are going to ensure this does not happen again.

Diversity is near and dear to our hearts and we want to make sure that all our guests enjoy their experience at our resort.

Of course, both boys and girls are welcome to enjoy The Princess For a Day experience in addition to all our other special activities.

– Disneyland Paris