The New York Yankees have yet to put up a white flag, but a small victory was won for mustache-wearing, goatee-sporting employees everywhere with Disneyland’s announcement that it will ease its policy on facial hair.
Much like the Yankees’ stringent rules against facial hair on players, Disney has prohibited facial hair on male theme park employees since the mid-1950s. The policy was revised in 2000 to allow mustaches, provided they were grown on vacation and not at work.
But starting Feb. 3, workers at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will be allowed to grow beards and other facial hair for the first time. The policy will also apply to workers in Florida.
But Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Betsy Sanchez said the company occasionally reviews its “Disney Look” codes in relation to industry standards.
“While we are careful to maintain our heritage and the integrity of our brand, a recent review of our guidelines led to a decision that an update was appropriate at this time,” Sanchez said in a statement.
The policy change also allows for casual Fridays among park employees who do not make visitor contact.
The last change to the Disney Look came in June 2010, when female employees were allowed to bare their legs and full arms at work, the OC Register reported.