In the throngs of visitors and numerous attractions at the Disney parks, it’s easy to get lost. Thankfully, you can always find a worker to point you in the right direction, but you just might start to notice something unique—and it’s only one of the secrets Disney employees won’t tell you.
Cast members, as park employees are called, are taught in their training to always point with two fingers instead of one. The first reason for this is that pointing with the index finger only is considered impolite in many cultures and countries. Each of the Disney parks has a sizeable international clientele, so the more benign two-finger gesture became the norm among employees, in an effort to be sensitive and welcoming to every visitor. Employees have even affectionately dubbed it “the Disney point.”
On another interesting note, this gesture also comes straight out of Disney history. According to Insider, it’s actually how Walt Disney himself used to point things out to visitors because he usually had a cigarette balanced between his two fingers. Though today you won’t find cast members smoking a cigarette while pointing out Space Mountain, the tradition of pointing with two fingers still stands. You can even see Walt Disney’s famous gesture immortalized in the iconic Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, as he points to the park alongside Mickey Mouse. So keep an eye out next time you’re at Disney World, and check out the other etiquette rules all Disney employees must follow.