Disney has a lot of rules about how their cast members should look. It’s so uniform and identifiable that it’s called The Disney Look. Ironically, the rule we were most impacted by while working at DCP had to do with nail polish!
Fingernails Fingernails should be kept clean. If polish is used, it should be complementary to your skin tone. This includes deeper, richer shades of polish. Polishes that are not permitted include neon, black, gold, silver or multi-colored. Charms or decals on fingernails are not permitted. Fingernails should not exceed one-fourth of an inch (approximately 6 mm) beyond the fingertip.
Whenever we have a few extra dollars, we like to treat ourselves to a manicure or, even better, a mani/pedi. But, we were very limited to nail polish color choices within the Disney Look, and certainly no flowers or sparkly top coats were allowed.
We knew cast members who were warned about their nail polish. You don’t want to make that mistake twice! 😦 Your hands are one of your most noticeable features, especially when working merchandise. You’re always accepting credit cards, bagging merchandise, handing back change, and giving the Disney ‘two finger’ directional point…everyone notices your hands!
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.