Date
23 August 2017
Disney park cast members must never break character, according to a Guardian report. Photo: Bloomberg
Disney park cast members must never break character, according to a Guardian report. Photo: Bloomberg

The right stuff in the Magic Kingdom

There’s no excuse. Even if Donald is testy, Minnie is moody and Goofy is feeling extra goofy, the cast of the Magic Kingdom must never break character, say they don’t know something to a member of the paying public or — heaven forefend — show a tattoo.  

Those are just some of the rules employees must abide by to keep their place in the parallel entertainment universes that are Disney resorts and parks, according to the Guardian.

The newspaper also reveals that cast members are trained to sign autographs in the Disney way and pick up rubbish with a particular swooping motion but they must never — ever — discuss their roles on social media. What happens in Disneyland stays in Disneyland.

The Guardian describes these as secret rules but Disney is quite upfront about many of them. Its careers site gives a rundown of the clean, classic Disney Look that the company expects of its cast members. Surprise, surprise, tongue piercing and splitting are out for men and women, along with disfiguring skin implants. Men can have artificial hair if it complies with the Look but women can expect to be turned down for a job if they engage in any shaving of their eyebrows.

We can’t say we weren’t warned.

Anybody who does think they are Disney material can sign up for an internship in any of 11 locations across the United States. Just remember not to point with one finger or forget to freshen your lipstick. 

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