The Disney Look has been a standard of appearance for cast members in the Disney parks since 1959. Cast members face a pretty comprehensive set of guidelines and restrictions when it comes to their on-stage appearance, but changes are coming to the Disney Look to make the restrictions a little more relaxed and adapt to current trends.
Walt Disney had a vision for what a Disney cast member would look like, and shortly after the opening of Disneyland, the Disney Look guidelines were codified. They regulate many aspects of appearance including piercings, tattoos, hair styling and coloring, jewelry, and undergarments.
On October 28, the Disney Look will relax some of their guidelines with relation to jewelry and facial hair. Previously, only medical alert bracelets or necklaces were allowed. Now, cast members can wear one necklace and one bracelet if they choose to.
Facial hair has been a long-debated aspect of the Disney Look. Originally, no facial hair was allowed. In 2000, mustaches were made acceptable and beards (shorter than 1/4 inch) followed suit in 2012. This was an especially welcome modification to the Look since some cast members must wear beards for religious or cultural reasons.
With the new changes, cast members can now grow their beards to a well-groomed full inch.
As times change, it’s natural that the Disney Look guidelines will change as well, and these modifications do loosen the restrictions for cast members and address some issues of diversity.