Disney Theme Parks Loosen Employee Beard Ban
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Author:  milojthatch [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:08 am ]
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When Walt Disney opened his first theme park in Burbank, California in 1955, he wanted to distinguish it from the tawdry amusement parks that had sprung up after the Great Depression. "The Happiest Place on Earth" was to be wholesome and clean cut, and so were its employees. The notoriously strict dress code for employees, who are known as "cast members," included the rule that men must be clean-shaven.

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In the biggest shake up since 2010 when Disney decreed that female cast members could ditch their pantyhose and go bare legged when they were wearing a skirt, male cast members will soon be permitted to sport beards. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, as of February 3, goatees and beards will be allowed as long as they are shorter than a quarter of an inch. Mustaches have been permitted since 2000, when an employee reportedly pointed out that Uncle Walt himself wore one.

"Disney Look guidelines are periodically reviewed in relation to industry standards, as well as the unique environment of our theme parks and resorts," a Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman said in a statement, according to the Times. "While we are careful to maintain our heritage and the integrity of our brand, a recent review of our guidelines led to a decision that an update was appropriate at this time."

To keep cast members from fully unleashing their inner hipster, soul patches will not be allowed nor will body piercings or tattoos. Magical Kingdom guests also have a dress code: in the 1960s, male visitors to the parks were not allowed to have long hair. Today, it is g-strings, offensive t-shirts, items that are made of transparent or shredded fabric, and "clothing that can be viewed as a costume" (adults only, if you are under ten, go crazy).


Author:  Elladorine [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:25 am ]
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Does that mean they'll allow the actors playing Jack Sparrow to have real beards/goatees? Seems stupid that they have to stay shaved and wear an obviously fake one. :p

Author:  Sotiris [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:47 am ]
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This thread belongs to the Disney Theme Parks section. :wink:

Author:  milojthatch [ Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:53 am ]
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Sotiris wrote:
This thread belongs to the Disney Theme Parks section. :wink:

There is a Theme Park section? I'm being very serious, all the years I've been posting here, I never knew such a section existed! I'm sure the Admin will move it in time, sorry.

Author:  blackcauldron85 [ Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:51 pm ]
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Disney updates park dress code on hair and jewelry, allows workers to uncover tattoos
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/13/disney- ... -goal.html

This is HUUUUUGE!!! I am pretty sure when I had my interview at WDW almost 2 decades ago that I had to lift my shirt up to show my lower back tattoos, to show that they couldn't be seen/that they were covered. And when I worked there, if I forgot to take some earrings out, often a manager would let me know, which was no big deal. As I got older, I got more tattoos (very much a part of my depression back then), so working for Disney again was not a possibility. Depending on the new rules, I think a lot of potential cast members will be hirable that were not due to the piercings/tattoos rules.

And very, very nice that people can dress gender-neutrally, in costumes that they can feel more comfortable in. While some areas already have gender-neutral clothing, like the Tomorrowland costume I used to wear, there definitely are gendered costumes (like the yellow ice cream/candy cast member dresses). And I had seen the Incredibles wheelchair-accessible costume before, and I am so here for costumes like that.

Yay, Disney! Welcome to 2021!!

Author:  blackcauldron85 [ Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:35 am ]
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More info on what is allowed for the new Disney Look (it doesn't seem that my tattoos are small enough)...

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