The next time you visit a Disney theme park, you might notice a slight difference in scenery.
For those wanting to let down their hair and fly their freedom flag, the time has finally come — for staff.
On Tuesday, Josh D’Amaro — chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products — championed changes:
“[W]e want our cast members — and future cast members — to feel a sense of belonging…”
Hence, expect a more liberal look to those taking tickets, directing lines, hosting rides, ringing up shirts, and hawking humongous turkey legs:
My favorite part about Disneyland was the turkey leg 🍗💗🐭 pic.twitter.com/UcyDfR44DG
— Ally Plumlee🎄 (@Ally_Lynnnnn) December 15, 2017
Therefore, guys’ hair can be as long as gals’.
Additionally, dudes and dudettes can totally rock their tattoos — so long as said ink is off faces, heads, and necks.
And there are plenty places for color, hands down — on the fingertips, that is.
From the hand…book:
Nails should be clean. If polish is used, it should be the same on each nail and well maintained in one solid color or French manicure style. Charms or decals on nails are not permitted. Fingernails should not exceed one-fourth of an inch beyond the fingertip.
That instruction flanks the image of a man in a tux, large hoop earrings, and dark nail polish.
— Tech Monkey Ty (@TechMonkeyTy) April 13, 2021
Disney parks to change legendary dress code for employees to allow gender-inclusive wardrobe choices. Republican heads explode nationwide. pic.twitter.com/QiKIks0ZAp
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) April 13, 2021
Back to tattoos, designs aren’t allowed to be larger than the employee’s hand.
Furthermore, they can’t involve nudity, offensive images, “inappropriate language,” or a violation of company policies including these:
Discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or any other protected category
Per Josh, such changes not only permit the company to “remain relevant in today’s workplace” but also “enable…cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.”
And how’d they come about?
As noted on Disney Parks Blog, “Every Disney Parks cast member is familiar with our longstanding tradition of The Four Keys – Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency – which have guided our approach to guest service for more than 65 years.”
[W]hen we asked our cast how we could better cultivate a culture of belonging, they suggested the addition of a fifth key: the key of Inclusion. Like The Four Keys before them, The 5 Keys – with Inclusion at the heart – will continue to guide us as we interact with guests, collaborate together, create the next generation of Disney products and experiences, and make critical decisions about the future of our business.
Disney’s been making major moves as of late.
As I covered last month, its streaming service added caution labels to classics such as Dumbo, Swiss Family Robinson, and Peter Pan.
Those films (and their warnings) are now relegated to adult viewing profiles.
And there’s progress at the parks in more ways than one.
The Jungle Cruise was recently closed for a clobbering of stereotypes: It was decided the boat trip was awash with negative native portrayals.
Additionally, the New York Post reports Splash Mountain’s been hosed: Management’s removing alleged racist themes from the 1946 hit Song of the South.
Big revisions, for our (presumed) big year back to semi-normal.
We’d might as well dress for the occasion.
Are you ready for the Mouse’s makeover?
To semi-quote Beauty and the Beast, “Be their guest.”
After all, to hear Josh tell it, it’s for you:
“We want our guests to see their own backgrounds and traditions reflected in the stories, experiences and products they encounter in their interactions with Disney.”
In this day and age, people need to express themselves — uncut, and with ink, outfits and accessories.
Like they said in Aladdin, It’s “a whole new world.”
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