To quote the Disney handbook: “This look is not a coincidence, but a result of our cast members’ support of the Appearance Standards, or as we call it, the Disney Look.”
The Disney Look also applies to the watch you wear at work as well. While 90% of college students no longer wear a watch – if they need to check the time, they just look at their cell phone – it is a necessity while working at Disney!
Not only will you be clocking in and out of work and need to keep track of the time, guests will ask you for the time at least 2-3x an hour while at work. Disney does not let employees check their cell phone for the time. In fact, while onstage, you are never supposed to have your personal cell phone in your hand, let alone be looking at it (i.e., checking facebook) or talking on it! That is a serious violation.
You’ll need to wear a water resistant watch as it rains a lot in Florida, even in the off-season.
Men’s watch bands can only be black or brown, with a plain watch face. Women’s watch bands can be gold, silver, or white, and also must have a plain watch face.
NOTE: Only Cast Members in non-QSFB/Safety Critical roles may wear watches and/or FitBits at work!
Some acceptable watch looks:
New in 2015 is that Cast Members may wear Fitbits! It needs to be in a professional neutral color, i.e., black or navy, no patterns or neon colors allowed.
Most CPs are shocked at how many steps they log at work every day!
New in 2016, certain Cast Members can wear Smart Watches to work!
NOTE: Again, only Cast Members in non-QSFB /Safety Critical roles may wear watches, Smart watches, and/or FitBits at work!
Learn more about the ‘Disney Look’ here:
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