Deodorant is not optional
Seems like common sense that wearing a heavy Buzz Lightyear suit in the hot sun is not the time to skimp on deodorant or antiperspirant. But it’s not just character-based Disney employees that are mandated to slap on some deo—they all are. As noted in the Disney’s employee ‘bible’ aptly called The Disney Look, “Due to close contact with Guests and fellow Cast Members the use of an antiperspirant or deodorant is required.”
Regular bathing and frequent hand washing are not left to common sense either and clearly mandated in the look book. And forget about dousing yourself in cologne or perfume; that’s verboten, too.
This personal hygiene mandate may have materialized back in the 1960s. David Koenig, author of five books about Disney told the New York Post that the inside of costumes could reach a whopping 130 degrees. Fortunately, those costumes are better ventilated now than they used to be! (Find out which 15 items are banned from Disney parks.)
A peek underneath
The Disney Look book is picky about what you’re wearing, not only on the outside, but all the way down to your undergarments. If it’s visible beneath “a light-colored costume or business attire,” it’s a no-no.
Even crewnecks have rules when it comes to working for Mickey and crew. “Costumed Cast Members may wear a solid white crewneck or V-neck undershirt under costumes with a traditional neckline. Undershirts should be only minimally visible at the neckline and should not extend past the sleeves. Non-costumed Cast Members may wear any solid color undershirt that is complementary to the outfit.”
You might think these rules are strict, but Disney has come a long way with its rules around boxers and briefs. In the past, Disney characters walking around the park had to wear costumes that included park-owned underwear. Although they were supposedly washed, workers complained about getting lice and scabies (Yikes!). The Teamsters union had to step in to get personal undies the Disney approval.