Everyone knows that Walt Disney was a strange individual. Even though he created one of the biggest empires in Disney, he was known to be very difficult to handle. So it’s no surprise that there are some unusual rules associated with working at his parks. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself.
There Are Strict Limits On Glasses
While they can’t forbid you from wearing glasses, they do have restrictions on them. The frames cannot have any logos or brands visible. They also need to be very conventional, so nothing extreme!
Pointing Isn’t Allowed
Next time you ask a cast member for directions, take a gander at how they point. They use their whole hand, or multiple fingers. You will never see them point with one finger, because it’s considered offensive in some cultures.
Even Princesses Have To Clean
Disney parks are always ranked some of the cleanest amusements parks in the country. The reason why? Everyone working is required to pick up trash if they see it on the ground — including the princesses!
Social Media Is A Big No-No
If you are a cast member at Disney, you are not allowed to talk about what you do on social media. There will be no late-night Facebook blasts here.
Only First Names Here
Walt Disney liked to be called by his first name, “Walt.” This is why you only see first names on the cast member tags. It’s also rumored that if two cast members have the same name, one will go by a new name to avoid confusion.
There Are Height Limits
There’s a height requirement to be chosen to play one of the characters. If you are interested in being cast as one of the princesses, you have to be between 5’4” and 5’8”.
They Limit Your Fingernails Too
Women cannot have their fingernails extend a quarter of an inch past the fingertip. Nail polish is allowed, but very basic colors only.
“I Don’t Know” Isn’t In Their Vocabulary
Cast members aren't allowed to say "I don't know." If they are asked something they do not know, they are required to pick up the phone and call an operator.
They Have Plenty Of Code Words
There are tons of code words for different situations at the parks. One example: If a guest vomits, cast members have to call in a “Code V.”
Facial Hair Is Allowed, But…
All facial hair has to be neatly trimmed and fully grown in. Mustaches can't extend over the lip, or exceed the corners of the mouth either.
Watch Your Ink
You are allowed to have tattoos, but there are limits on where. Anything visible is strictly forbidden. Most piercings are frowned upon as well.
Autographs Have To Be The Same
Characters have to follow specific guidelines so each autograph is nearly identical. That way, whoever is in the costume, the customer gets the same experience.
Always Stay In Character
Staying in character is everything. No other characters outside the Disney universe exist while here. Don’t even think about asking Mickey Mouse what he thinks about Harry Potter!
No Employees Allowed
You are not an employee when you work for Disney; you are a cast member. From the ride operators to characters, they are all "cast members."
Long Hair, Do Care
Men have to keep their hair shorter than their collars. Women have to keep their hair neatly brushed, but cannot wear any beads. Braids are allowed for women, though.