Yesterday we shared the news that the Disney Look would be changing. Disney’s 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. Disney is updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable their cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.
Today we received more details on what is changing as many of you had questions on tattoos, hair styles and more.
The following guidelines have been developed to establish consistency and to maintain the quality and integrity of the Disney brand.
Here are some of the bigger updates to the Disney Look:
BODY MODIFICATION OR ALTERATION
Intentional body modification or alteration for the purpose of achieving a visible, physical effect that disfigures, deforms or similarly detracts from a professional image is prohibited.
Examples include, but are not limited to: brands, body piercing (other than ear piercing), tongue piercing or splitting, tooth filing, earlobe expansion, and disfiguring skin implants.
Visible tattoos are permitted, with the exception of placement on the face, head or neck. Tattoos must be no larger than the Cast Member’s hand when fully extended with the fingers held together.
Undergarments, which include matching fabric tattoo sleeves, are permitted for coverage of larger tattoos on the arms.
Tattoos that depict nudity, offensive or inappropriate language or images, or violate Company policies (including policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or any other protected category) are not permitted.
Facial hair should be neatly groomed and well maintained. The shaving of lines or shapes in facial hair is permitted provided they do not depict offensive words or symbols.
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.
HAIRSTYLING & HAIR COLORING
Hairstyles that are clean and well maintained represent our Disney brand. Hair length, including completely shaved styling, is at the Cast Member’s discretion. Hair below shoulder length should be secured if it falls forward over the face or covers the nametag while working.
If the hair color is changed, it should be well maintained and in natural occurring hues. Examples of hair colors that are not considered natural would be colors such as blue, green, pink, purple, etc.
The shaving of lines or shapes in the hair is permitted provided they do not depict offensive words or symbols.
MEDICAL ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
Reasonable accommodations are provided to Cast Members under the Disney Look for medical restrictions. A Cast Member may request a medical accommodation by completing and sending to the Employee Relations team a completed Request for Medical Accommodation in Employment form and, where applicable, a Physician’s Certification for Employee Accommoda tions. These forms are available on The Hub.
The Employee Relations team will evaluate the information provided and manage the process to provide a timely response to the Cast Member. The team is available to discuss any questions or concerns the Cast Member may have.
RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
Reasonable accommodations are provided to Cast Members under the Disney Look for sincerely-held religious beliefs. A Cast Member may request a religious accommodation by completing and sending to Employee Relations a Religious Accommodation Request form that is available on The Hub.
Employee Relations will facilitate the interaction with the Cast Member to determine the Cast Member’s specific, individual needs and will manage the process to provide a timely response to the Cast Member. The team is available to discuss any questions/concerns the Cast Member may have.
To read the full Disney Look Guidelines click here.