The Disney Look – Doing Our Nails

Our 'Disney' nail polishes.

Our ‘Disney’ nail polishes.  **BORING!**

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!

The Disney Look: Nails & nailpolish

The Disney Look: Nails & nailpolish

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.

Elly's non-Disney mani, Coral Beach with flowers.

Elly’s non-Disney mani, Coral Beach with flowers.

Caroline's Fushia mani with a silver sparlke top coat. Pretty!

Caroline’s  purple fushia mani with a silver sparkle top coat. Pretty!

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!


Approved nailpolish colors for non-QSFB roles. No nail art, stickers, or rhinestones are allowed on nails even if the color is OK.

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Acceptable nailpolish colors.


two disney sisters

Two Disney Sisters

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 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 in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


3 thoughts on “The Disney Look – Doing Our Nails

  1. Marilyn herrera says:

    Can you please send me some of the colors that we are able to wear. Please and thank you


  2. atomizer says:

    This is a great site and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.


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