As the world evolves and changes, so do the standards and guidelines of the Disney Company. Disney recently announced that the dress code for all Cast Members was updated to allow for a more gender-inclusive look. There were changes to the policies on tattoos, hairstyles, nail polish, headwear, and more.
“A Place Where Everyone is Welcome”
Diversity and Inclusion are an important part of the Disney Company. For well over a decade, they have received a perfect score from the Corporate Equality Index. Disney has hired more than 10 thousand veterans since 2012, and thousands of Cast Members have joined pride events around the globe.
Back in 1971, Disney created four keys that Cast Members follow to create magic for each park and resort worldwide. Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency are the Four Keys that play an important role to guarantee a special experience every day. Recently, the Disney Company added a fifth key called “Inclusion“. In a video posted to the official Disney Parks TikTok account, Cast Members explain how this specific key adds importance to the future of Disney Parks:
The Future of Disney Cast Members
With these new changes to the Cast Member dress code (called the “Disney Look”) being made in an effort for Disney to be more inclusive, this could mean more job opportunities to those who have been dreaming of working for the Disney Company but did not feel comfortable applying due to the policies that were previously in place.
“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,” said Josh D’Amaro.
The fact that visible tattoos are now permitted (with exception to face, neck, and head, and as long as they are no larger than your hand) will allow future Cast Members to apply when Disney careers become available.
Disney has also announced in the “Disney Look Book” that, “All Cast Members may wear headwear for religious purposes. Solid black, white, or a color that coordinates with the costume is permitted.” This may allow current Cast Members to feel more comfortable and feel like they can dress how they want to while working.
Additionally, the policies for nail polish and jewelry have been changed. Now all Cast Members can wear colored nail polish, and the type of jewelry they are permitted to wear has also been expanded to include some bracelets, earrings, and more. These policies are gender-inclusive.
Allowing current and future Cast Members to feel comfortable in their own skin and providing them with more flexibility in how they express themselves at work could be the inspiration for all companies to strive for. Although the changes to the “Disney Look” policy have been met with mixed opinions, many fans are excited to see these new changes implemented and that Disney has created a safe space for Cast Members and Guests alike.
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