Starting February 3, employees at Disney's U.S. theme parks will be able to sport beards and goatees for first time ... ever. As The Los Angeles Times points out, facial hair isn't usually a news-making event, but for Disneyland and its
stringent "legendary" dress code this is a huge step. Apparently, facial hair has never really been part of the Disney Look (fresh, clean, and approachable we hear). "Facial hair was prohibited on theme park workers when founder Walt Disney opened Disneyland in California in the mid-1950s. The company revised its policy in 2000 to allow mustaches, provided they were grown on vacation and not at work reports the AP. Next week, according to the Times, men will be able to show up to work with a beard or goatee without worry, as long as it is shorter than a quarter of an inch. For a point of reference, facial hair should be more like the stubbly teenage Simba less like the hippie Seven Dwarves. And sadly (sensibly?), some may have to choose between their 1990s-inspired tuft of facial or their job, as soul patches are definitely not allowed.
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