Disney World Cast Members can now have visible tattoos among other changes to the 'Disney Look' as the company shifts to a policy of inclusion

Apr 13, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

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Posted: Tuesday April 13, 2021 3:14pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney continues to refine its legendary "Disney Look" with some major changes for 2021 as the company shifts to a policy of inclusion.

In a statement today, Disney Parks chairman Josh D'Amaro said, "The world is changing, and we will change with it, and continue to be a source of joy and inspiration for all the world. We’ll never stop working to make sure that Disney is a welcoming place for all."

In the latest revision of the "Disney Look" which impacts all of Walt Disney World's Cast Members, all references to gender have been removed, focussing on the Cast as one.

All Cast Members now have the same options, which includes makeup, jewelry and nail polish.

For the first time, visible tattoos on Cast Members are now permitted, except on the face, head or neck. The size must be no larger than the Cast Member's hand. Obviously, tattoos that are offensive are not acceptable.

Hairstyle and length is now at the discretion of the Cast Member, and can now include a full shaven look, even including lines and shapes, as long as they are not offensive. Non-natural colors such as green and pink are not permitted.

Restrictions on facial hair have been significantly relaxed, with all mentions of length and shapes removed. The only requirement now is that facial hair should be groomed and well maintained.

Two earrings per ear are now permitted, with a maximum size of 2 inches.

Nail polish continues to be limited to one solid color or a French manicure look, decals and charms are not allowed. Nail length is capped at a quarter of an inch beyond the fingertip.

Josh D'Amaro, Chairman Disney Parks Experiences and Products said, "Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos. We’re updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.

Moving forward, we believe our cast, who are at the center of the magic that lives in all our experiences, can provide the best of Disney’s legendary guest service when they have more options for personal expression – creating richer, more personal and more engaging experiences with our guests."

The new "Disney Look" is expected to come into effect for Walt Disney World Cast Members over the next couple of weeks.

The famous "Disney Look" dates back to the late 1950's and was strictly enforced for decades. Originally, a clean shave and neat haircuts were an absolute requirement to work at the parks. Disney has made several moves in recent years to gradually relax the guidelines.

The changes to the look also come alongside an update to the legendary Four Keys foundation, which now includes a fifth key - Inclusion.

For more than 60 years, the Four Keys of Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency have been instilled in every Cast Member from day one of their Traditions training, and is a guiding principle of guest service for the company.

The new key represents the company's commitment to cultural transformation, and with it being part of the keys, it will be part of everyday working life for Cast Members.

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The MomMar 06, 2024

We're getting way off the topic of WDW dress code.

TrainsOfDisneyMar 06, 2024

Is that for all CM’s or just custodial?

JoeCamelMar 06, 2024

And Tom found a home.....

Nubs70Mar 06, 2024

But Larry Craig did......

JoeCamelMar 06, 2024

Same, if they are working hard to be the best they can and I don't have to wallow in other people's stank I really don't care and can take care of my own experience in my mind

TrainsOfDisneyMar 06, 2024

Well I was referring to Disney haha

JoeCamelMar 06, 2024

An airport? Not where I go to have an "experience"

TrainsOfDisneyMar 06, 2024

It definitely matters to me - all part of the atmosphere and experience.

JoeCamelMar 06, 2024

I don't care if I see professionalism from my janitor unless it means keeping the facility spotless at all times. The rest does not matter

TrainsOfDisneyMar 05, 2024

i just fly out of Atlanta and noticed the janitors and how they were dressed and thought of this thread. Trust me, the Disney look matters. Nothing against the janitors at Atlanta, I’m sure they weren’t breaking any rules… but the professionalism compared to Disney is very noticeable.

mktMar 05, 2024

Already there. The assorted fields of marketing communications have been seemingly hit the hardest.

LSLSMar 05, 2024

Honestly, I don't think both sides here are that far off, you guys are just kind of talking past each other. Disney absolutely can institute any dress codes they want (including things like hair color). Likewise, if someone really wants their red hair or beards, they have every right to not work for the company. I honestly think both sides agree on this if you stop and think about it. The real issue is there are not enough workers for Disney to keep their standards as high as they have. So you trade off. The question you as a customer need to ask yourself, is it more important to you that men don't have beards and that look is maintained, or is it more important that the cast member is the best possible person they can get for the job? Cause in a market with finite workers, it's becoming more and more difficult you get both. And that is the line Disney is straddling.

LilofanMar 05, 2024

Yes that collective bargaining that benefits more the lower wage workers , the middle wage and top wage workers don't benefit as much. There were times back in the day that the senior staff on my team ( I was earning starting entry level rate ) would complain and complain but when someone asked them if you are so unhappy why don't you just quit. Their response was if they apply to a similar job at another company they would start at the bottom and entry level pay rate.

Jrb1979Mar 05, 2024

Most people at. Costco start at $20. I'm telling you the top wage is $28 for Cashiers and forklift drivers. Everyone else is around $25. Add in the $3000 bonus every 6 months it evens out.