Disney Changes Cast Member Policy to Allow Gender-Inclusive Hairstyles, Jewelry, Nail Styles, Costume Choices & Tattoos

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Disney Parks Cast Members are very familiar with the longstanding tradition of “The Four Keys” which include Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. These “keys” have allowed for the exceptional guest service we have come to know and love for more than 65 years. Today, Disney has announced a new key to add to the family… “Inclusion”. To promote inclusion, Disney has announced changes coming to the Cast Member policy that takes the “Disney Look” and makes it flexible to allow for various looks and expressions.


Disney introduced the fifth key, “Inclusion” in the following video:

As shared by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products: “We’re looking at other traditions, too – including the policies that guide how our cast members show up for work. Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos. We’re updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.”

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Welcome 5th Key! What are your thoughts on the shift in the typical “Disney Look” we are all used to experiencing? We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about these Cast Members changes.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.