Walt Disney World allows cast members to have facial hair

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 9:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney is loosening its guidelines for employees' shaving habits, paving the way for cast members to grow beards and goatees. The guidelines remain strict for Disney cast members who decide to grow beards and goatees. According to the Disney Look Handbook, they must be well groomed and can be no longer than a quarter of an inch.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 10:58 PM

They won't be working at Hard Rock then. There will be another crop of 20 somethings working there.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:57 AM
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Facial hair and piercings have been allowed at Universal since I worked there in 2000.

Times have changed, as far as the styles people choose to sport. I have had three earrings since I was 18, and I a goatee ever since I could grow facial hair. I'd hate to work for someone who doesn't like how I look. I compare it to a girlfriend or boyfriend who will only go out with you if you wear the cloths they want you to wear, and do your hair the way they want you to fix it. I spent three seasons at Cedar Point not looking like me.

My look is not unreasonable.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:42 AM

It's about time they lifted this silly restriction. Hopefully other parks will follow suit.

RCMAC said:
I seem to remember seeing an ad this year for Halloweekends employment that mentioned it was the one time of the season where long hair and tattoos were acceptable, and I would assume that would be for scareactors only.

Yep, that's correct. Which is why you should never yank on their hair, it's most likely not a wig. :)


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:39 AM

I wonder whether the next step will be to allow longer beards or moustaches in the theme parks for roleplaying purposes only. A good example would be the use of real bearded persons as Santa Claus. There might be some cases where a bearded character might fit into Frontierland, for example, as well. Also, classic handlebar moustaches would be appropriate for a barbershop quartet when used in the parks.

It is true that glue-on theatrical beards and moustaches can be very convincing and Disney has excellent make-up artists. They are time consuming to apply, however and sometimes uncomfortable to wear. A good example of this involved the former Dreamfinder character at EPCOT. (Dreamfinder was a lovable red-bearded eccentric that appeared at the Journey into Imagination pavilion.) The man who portrayed Dreamfinter had to keep his facial gestures a certain way so that his moustache would stay on properly.

I have a long beard whigh I use to portray Santa Claus. There are Santa organizations that promote the use of real bearded persons as Santa Claus that would like to see more flexibility regarding this matter.

Arthur Bahl


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:50 AM

Wait.. what do you mean you "portray" Santa?!?!?! He isn't REAL?!?!?!

There goes my day!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:19 AM
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Chitown said:


kpjb said:
As long as people with tattoos can't handle food, I'm okay with it. That's just so unsanitary.

I am not getting the connection. Please explain,,,,,,

I'm really surprised that more people didn't get that reference... click on the link that DejaVuNitro posted.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 9:51 AM

Arthur Bahl said:
I wonder whether the next step will be to allow longer beards or moustaches in the theme parks for roleplaying purposes only. A good example would be the use of real bearded persons as Santa Claus. There might be some cases where a bearded character might fit into Frontierland, for example, as well. Also, classic handlebar moustaches would be appropriate for a barbershop quartet when used in the parks. (...)

If I remember correctly, I think Disney already had in place an exemption for certain "characters".

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:18 AM
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kpjb said:

Chitown said:



kpjb said:
As long as people with tattoos can't handle food, I'm okay with it. That's just so unsanitary.

I am not getting the connection. Please explain,,,,,,

I'm really surprised that more people didn't get that reference... click on the link that DejaVuNitro posted.

kpjb has the best sense of humor on CB. It's sad more people don't get how awesome his posts are.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 11:24 AM
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Yeah. He's alright.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:06 PM
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He wasn't serious?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3:16 PM
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I'm very serious. Also, thank you for not calling me Shirley.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:38 PM
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^ Wait, does that mean your work here *isn't* complete? I'M SO CONFUSED.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 2:29 PM
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I caught the reference. I just wanted to see how far things went.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:14 PM
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If I can't go to a park with my chest bare, my face and nipples pierced, and a long ZZ-Top style beard, then there's just no reason to work there! ;-P

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:01 PM
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The last time I went to Disneyworld, there were a lot of men with facial hair. But, I think it might be because of the fact that they were working in areas where you might expect to see that. I remember talking to a guy who was working the Submarine ride, and they were all dessed like the crewmen on the nautilis, and a couple of them had beards, including the guys I was chatting with. But their, beards were very neatly trimmed, and they all had short hair. Some of the men working in frontier town had beards or moustaches as well. I think there was even a guy on the Jungle Cruise. But that was quite a few years ago.

A lot of businesses have dress codes. I worked for a major supermarket chain, and any type of piercing had to be removed, or covered with a bandaid. And, tatoos had to be covered as well. One of the guys at work had pierced ears and elaborate tatoos on both arms. They made him wear a long sleeved shirt under his uniform shirt, even in the summer to cover his tatoos. Which I guess the christian nut jobs found offensive.

But most dress codes involving hair are not only for the guests safety, but also for the employees safety. We had a cashier with very long blonde hair, and she refused to tie her hair in a pony tail. Well, she was scanning groceries, and her hair got pulled into the belt that moves the items down the belt, and it pulled her head down with it. A near by cashier turned her belt off, and one of the girls from the hair solon had to come down with electric sheers, and cut her head free from the belt. She was devastated, from having to lose all that hair. But, it could have been a lot worse!! So, there is a reason for some dress codes.

Another thing that is not permitted, are necklaces, bracelets, baggy shirts or sweaters, and long fake fingernails. They used to make the girls go into the bathroom, and watch them as they trimmed their nails. They do this, because those things get caught easily, and can cause injury.

One thing I am very glad they cracked down on, is the baggy pants crowd. Those guys coming to work with their pants hanging down exposing their boxershorts or briefs. Those guys looked retarded, and constanly having to reach into their pants to pull them up, often had the service manager sending them home without pay. Come back when you dress like a normal human being!! If I dressed like those guys when I was a kid, I would have got my ass kicked every day. So that was a very welcome rule! I was lucky enough, where I didn't have to worry about any dress code, and was only asked to shave once in 15 years.

Last edited by Timber-Rider, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:07 PM
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012 10:59 PM
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rollergator said:
If I can't go to a park with my chest bare, my face and nipples pierced, and a long ZZ-Top style beard, then there's just no reason to work there! ;-P

Have you applied at Lakemont?


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:14 AM
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Lakemont Park will hire anyone willing to work for two or three dollars an hour. Seriously, a 12-hour summer shift might pay an employee $36, before taxes.

I don't know from personal experience, but many of my friends used to work there.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 1:10 PM

I was gonna suggest Camden Park... ;)


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Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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Timber-Rider said:
One thing I am very glad they cracked down on, is the baggy pants crowd. Those guys coming to work with their pants hanging down exposing their boxershorts or briefs. Those guys looked retarded, and constanly having to reach into their pants to pull them up, often had the service manager sending them home without pay. Come back when you dress like a normal human being!! If I dressed like those guys when I was a kid, I would have got my ass kicked every day. So that was a very welcome rule! I was lucky enough, where I didn't have to worry about any dress code, and was only asked to shave once in 15 years.


If your argument is that it actually affects performance, that's entirely legitimate. If your argument is "it looks retarded" (Ed note: not my word choice) then you are no better than the "Christian nut jobs" you so vehemently condemn.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:59 AM

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Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:03 AM
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I thought we were beyond referring to people and things as "retarded," much in the same way we don't refer to people and things as "gay."


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