NEWS: Disney Changes Dress Code to Allow for Tattoos and Gender-Inclusive Hair

Change is a necessary part of progressing towards the future.

Cinderella Castle at sunset!

Recently, Disney announced that it would be adding the fifth key of Inclusion to its set of standards in order to have a diverse team with open opportunities. As a part of that new guest service criterion, Disney will also be giving Cast Members themselves more abilities to be uniquely themselves at work!

Disney has announced that they will be allowing flexibility in how Cast Members identify and personally express themselves. This means that gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, costume choices, and appropriate visible tattoos will be a part of the permitted policies for those at work.

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Disney finds it important for Cast Members to express their cultures in individuality at all times, while also modernizing its workplace. Since the Cast Members really are the heart of the parks and the company, this update will allow for more personal and engaging experiences for both employees and guests moving forward.

Cast Members at Disney’s Old Key West Resort

According to the official Disney Look Book, tattoos are not permitted on the face, head, or neck without being larger than the Cast Member’s hand when fully extended with the fingers held together. They must not depict nudity, offensive or inappropriate language or images, or violate Company policies. Nails should be cleaned with the same, solid color on each nail without charms or decals. French manicures are permitted. Nails shouldn’t exceed one-fourth of an inch beyond the fingertip.

Hairstyles must be well-maintained with length or completely shaved styling at the Cast Member’s discretion. Longer hair below shoulder length should be secured if it falls forward over the face or covers the name tag. Natural hair colors are only permitted, but lined and shapes shaved into the hair are permitted as long as they don’t have offensive words or symbols. Various jewelry is allowed as long as it doesn’t distract from overall appearances. These include bracelets, watches, necklaces, earrings, rings, and more are permitted with certain guidelines. You can see the full set of requirements and guidelines here.

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Since Walt Disney spoke the words ,“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome”, the company places utmost importance on everyone feeling welcome when it comes to Disney. As more updates continue to make their way into the parks, we’ll be sure to update you on all the Disney news you need to know!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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6 Replies to “NEWS: Disney Changes Dress Code to Allow for Tattoos and Gender-Inclusive Hair”

  1. Uncle Walt is probably rolling over and shaking his head saying “What the heck is going on with my company!”

    That being said, I have come to realize some of the nicest people have tattoos, but it still is not too becoming especially on a female to be loaded with them.
    As for the dress code for Gender neutral, I don’t understand how their clothing is different from anyone else. A uniform is a uniform no matter who you are correct?

  2. Really? Must there be so much pearl-clutching “Won’t someone think of the children?!” absurdity in the comments section?
    I’m thrilled that Disney is trying to make it a better, inclusive,and more caring workplace for the Castmembers! When you love your job and are happy to be there every day, life becomes a true joy. And guess what? That joy radiates from the Castmembers, and helps make that magical energy which we all so appreciate as part of our vacation experiences.
    For the pearl-clutching folks, if you don’t like inclusiveness as part of your world, simply don’t go! More Disney joy for the rest of us!

  3. Oh Disney, must you change? Poor Walt, just not into Disney like I used to be, magic is slowly fading away. Just not what I remember anymore.

  4. I’m fine with the changes other than the tattoo allowance. While I understand that tattoos have become so common that banning them limits Disney’s hiring pool but, I still don’t want to see them on castmembers. A bit of the magic is lost with this change.

  5. I remember just a short time ago when a person could not even have a mustache!! Sigh. Walt is turning over in his grave.