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Disney Parks Changing Cast Member “Disney Look” Requirements

Cast Members working in the Disney Parks are known for dressing and grooming in a certain way we will refer to as the “Disney Look.” Now it seems that Disney its loosening their requirements for Cast Members and they will be permitted more freedom in this area.

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According to wdwmagic, this change will begin October 28, allowing Cast Members more freedom regarding facial hair and jewelry.

Cast Members will be able to wear certain jewelry, namely: a single bracelet and a single necklace, including a pendant an inch or less in size. They will also be permitted to have a beard, no more than 1-inch in length. They can also now have facial stubble while growing the beard out, whereas before they would have had to grow the beard while on vacation and was limited to a quarter-inch.

They may seem like small changes, but I guarantee to many of the Cast Members, these are welcome ones..

What is the “Disney Look” you ask? By definition “friendly, classic appearance” meaning no extreme styles of any kind is permitted. This goes back to the 1950’s and Walt Disney himself.

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As you probably know, Walt Disney was a big family man, and even didn’t allow the consumption of alcohol in his parks for fear of breaking the ambiance so to say. He also enforced that Cast Members had to dress and groom in a way that at that time was considered wholesome and family-friendly. Anyone who didn’t keep to these standards was not allow to work in the Disney Parks.

Right from Disney’s policies it says:

The Disney Look is a classic look that is clean, natural, polished and professional, and avoids “cutting edge” trends or extreme styles. It is designed with our costumed and non-costumed cast members in mind.

Our themed costumed cast members are a critical part of enhancing the experience of our Disney show, and our non-costumed cast members also play an important role as representatives of the Disney brand. Regardless of the position you hold with us, when you take pride in your appearance, you become a role model for those around you, and you convey the attitude of excellence that has become synonymous with the Disney name.”

The standards have gotten looser since the 1950’s and this is the latest change in a more permissive attitude for Disney.

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the Disney changing the dress and grooming requirements for Cast Members…

  • Is this a good move?
  • What other requirements should or shouldn’t there be for Disney Cast Members?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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George Mells

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Just about every business that has employees who interact with the public on a regular basis has some form of dress code. When I worked for Circuit City it was the company red shirt, later changed to a gray double knit that sucked, with khaki pants. Target was a red shirt without logos (unless it was a Target shirt) and khaki pants. For UPS it was the provided brown uniform. And don't get me started on my Army years, The big thing about Disney was some of their rather severe limits on facial appearance and accessories. These recent changes are just accepting the general changes in US society.

Joe

Monday 28th of October 2019

Disney look is the clean look That takes us away from our every day home style. It’s part of the magic. The change in the Disney look is limited and I think OK. Although my next comment is not from this article I think relaxing and allowing alcoholic beverages in all there parks has destroyed the magic. Alcoholism touches all of us in society. A man or woman fighting to stay sober had the opportunity to take their family to Disney and not have to fight the temptation of drinking walking down Main Street That safe haven of Disney is Now lost. It is no longer a alcoholic safe place.Shame on you.

Kris

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

AGREED! Not to mention where is the respect for Walt himself? He didn't want the acholic beverages there. It doesn't seem like parents should be walking around with their children in the most magical place on earth with alcohol.

Ali

Monday 28th of October 2019

Nice until someone challenges it in court. Head wear traditional ethnic styles that they are being religously oppressed. No political messaging but watch trendy dress follow that down the drain.

Give em' an inch ?

Rainbow issues already forced down your throat as it is.

Theatrical productions with agendas, transfer to visual and audio product. Is this family friendly ? Sure ! It is if your trying to rewrite and repurpose what defines, family. And Disney seems to think they are the authority on what a "family" is and define it as such.

And the most hyporcritical thing of all is they charge exorbitant prices to ram their defined agenda down your throat. You don't see it until after your purchase.

So aside from being labeled a racist, and all the other labels I can be attacked on, AND WILL !

Its safe to say that Disney USED to be family friendly, Now they cater to special interests to keep the money rolling in. Theme parks used to be off limits to the social engineering now Disney company is platforming it across the board on all their produced products.

So no small changes don't end the World, but catering to today's trends effectively, slowly diminishes why people escaped to these places in the first place......... to get away from the P.C. agenda and from the agenda & P.C. world, they live in !

If just for a few days, a VACATION FROM THAT !

Proof of this is Star wars land. It fits the Disney marketing strategy, two rides and dumps out to over priced gift shops and french fry and fast food stand.

Immersed in a theme no one understands, because it was a creation of Disney marketing department. Who is it that will buy more than one $200 light saber or $100 droid ? It looks nice if you want to walk around for awhile, but unless you want over priced gifts, their is no reason to stay there, the novelty wears off fast....

When this trend is fully immersed as Disney labels how you should respond, novelty is THE specific ingredient that they are too blind to see.

Expanding hotels bringing in more customers and parks are near capacity and wait times are an hour or longer for rides, shows are sold to the first to buy tickets online or you don't get in with you kids ?

Employees with beards and dress codes that are not conducive to the outdoor temperature to begin with are nothing different than a walk down Broadway in Times Square on a Saturday afternoon.

BOB

Thursday 24th of October 2019

It's not a good idea I like the old Disney they are cast members and should follow cast guidelines. I'm just old. DISNEY.

paul m quarantello

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

As a former Cast Member and long time Disney addict, I don't like the idea. The whole part of Disney Parks is that they draw you away from reality. That's why you can't see outside the parks into real world. Also buildings are less than 200 feet tall to avoid red lights in top for FAA. When they first went to facial hair, I was shocked. I don't like it at all,along with Starbucks in parks.