Lifestyle Travel Disney Theme Parks Introduce Black Santa Clauses for the First Time Ever This Holiday Season Black Santas have been spotted at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the first time in the Mouse House's 66-year theme park history By Dan Heching Dan Heching Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 24, 2021 06:15 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: @rozyqueenofcups The Christmas spirit is getting a much-needed upgrade in inclusivity this holiday season at Disney theme parks. For the first time in their operation history, both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Disney World in Orlando, Florida have included Black cast members in the role of Santa Claus in their holiday character lineups. As seen on TikTok user rozyqueenofcups's page, a Christmas parade procession saw a Black Santa waving from a sleigh parade float. Santa Surprises Boy with Leukemia in 'Magical' Winter Wonderland — Including Reindeer and Gifts! "I can't express how magical this moment was. Thank u @disneyparks for the representation," Rozy, who refers to herself as a "#ProudDisneyAdult, wrote, including the hashtags #blacksanta #verymerriest #representationmatters and #disney. The change in casting Santa Claus was implemented by Disney without an announcement or PR fanfare. A Disney spokesperson told CNN that Santa Claus is represented in different ways in communities around the world, and "in that spirit, Santa Claus will reflect the diversity of surrounding communities at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort." RELATED VIDEO: Goldie Hawn Says Starring With Kurt Russell as Santa and Mrs. Claus Was 'Like a Vacation Together' Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Victoria Wade, a theme park social media influencer, also spoke to CNN, saying, "With Disney implementing this change as part of their diversity and inclusion initiative, it really allows me to feel more comfortable and seen when I visit the parks." "Ultimately it makes me feel more accepted, welcome and I'm thrilled at what this will do for children of all backgrounds when they visit Disney parks," she continued. Disney is not the only brand to take a long-awaited new approach to the idea of Santa Claus. Santa Claus Is Gay and Falls in Love with a Man Named Harry in Sweet Norwegian Christmas Ad Last week a new Oreo commercial premiered featuring a Black Santa relaxing in the bathtub. Additionally, a new ad for the Norwegian Postal Service celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway with a heartwarming reinvention of Father Christmas. In the ad, titled "When Harry Met Santa," Saint Nick finds himself falling in love with a man whose home he visits each year.