New Disney Dress Code Bares Legs

Posted Jun 17th 2010 10:02 AMUpdated Jun 18th 2010 06:31 AM



You might notice something new at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Female employees with bare legs.

Disney has decided it's okay for female park employees to skip the panty hose, in the biggest change in the company's appearance dress code in nearly a decade, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Disney goes for an all-American, well-groomed look and does not make such changes lightly. The last major change was in 2000, when the company said it would let male employees wear mustaches. A few years ago, Disney also tweaked that rule to allow men to wear their hair in cornrows.

Of the bare legs move, Disneyland spokeswoman Betsy Sanchez told the Times, "We are trying to stay relevant."

The new rules mostly apply to employees working behind the scenes. Cast members in character will still have to stick to their costumes. So there will be no bare legs on Minnie Mouse, et al.

Under the code update, female employees will also be permitted to wear sleeveless tops, though only if the shoulder straps are at least 3 inches wide; Capri pants; and sling-back shoes with open toes. And men will be allowed to wear untucked, casual shirts, the Times reports.

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I couldn't agree more with Aurora's comments. The "Disney Look" has a positive influences on the guests, as well as cast members. It evokes an unspoken level of respect that is lost with these new relaxed standards.

I have watched the dress code of my co-workers decline over the past few years. There are some of us that maintain the standard that Aurora describes, and like her, we too are constantly complimented on how nice we look.

I expected more from Disney than to follow fads and trends to "be relevant". Bad show.

June 24 2010 at 7:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a shame. Untucked shirts are sloppy, cornrows are hardly all-American, and bare legs are way too casual - pantyhose look much more polished, finished, and put together.

Looks like Disney's crisp, wholesome, image is a victim of our sloppy-casual, who-cares, I-just-work-here society. Personally, I'll continue to wear pantyhose and classic pumps (no toes) every day. I get a LOT of compliments for how well I dress - people are positively effusive with relief to see someone my age dressing "up" as a matter of course.

June 21 2010 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply