CP Moment: Going to Costuming on your first day of work!
One of the most exciting CP moments is going to Disney costuming for the first time and being fitted for your work costume (what other companies call a ‘uniform’). You’re allowed to check out up to five (5) complete work costumes at a time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat, if your costume has one.
When your costume gets dirty or wrinkled, you can just trade it in for a clean one. Costumes can also be machine washed and a lot of CPs keep their costumes and wash them themselves if there’s a shortage in their size.
Each of the Disney Parks has its own costuming warehouse, with the one for the Magic Kingdom being the largest.
Animal Kingdom costuming.
Animal Kingdom costuming
Here are some of the various costumes that we’ve worn working for Disney:
Animal Kingdom costumes:
Discovery Island Merchantile
It’s a jungle out there…
Caroline in her DAK stocking “mud” costume.
The AK costume jacket. Warm! Only size left XXXL – and Caroline took it!
Summer 2015 DAK costume at Strollers Main Gate location.
Disney Springs costumes:
Days of Christmas
Team Mickey (now closed)
DS Zone 1 Coordinator costume
Magic Kingdom costume:
Agrabah Bazaar’s costume (whoa!!)
We LOVED having a washer/dryer in our apartment at The Commons!!! We just kept our costumes and washed them ourselves.
Interested and want to read more about Disney Costuming????
What has over 290 Mickey Mouse Outfits, 20,000 Shirts, and at least 4 Belle Gowns/Dresses –
Welcome to WDW Costuming! 🙂
This beautiful gown will be worn in the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade.
Walt Disney World employs more than 60,000 cast members (’employees’ to regular folks!) working in positions ranging from housekeeping at the Disney resorts to train engineer at the Magic Kingdom.
The Disney Costuming sizing chart follows European size guidelines, which are smaller than US size charts. If you normally wear a size 14 womens, at Disney your costume probably will be a size 18 or 20 costume! 😥
Each day someone has to get these cast members dressed for the day – Welcome to WDW Cast Costuming.
Our DAK mercantile costumes.
1. Cast members know what costume their role requires each day. We can have 5 complete outfits signed out at any one time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat.
You would think that Costuming would ALWAYS have your size shirt/pants in stock…NOPE!!!
2. We pick out the correct size and costume pieces from rows upon rows of shirts, pants, skirts, and jackets. There’s a laminated card or complete costume at the end of each row to show us the costume’s ensemble look.
Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits and what the pieces are.
3. Mickey Mouse has a costume for every occasion and holiday. Each Disney Princess has a summer costume and a winter costume.
4. Disney provides the work shoes for some roles (i.e., food service), but for most locations they just provide strict guidelines on shoe wear and CMs must pay for their own shoes.
See our blog about Disney footwear to learn more: Loving My Disney Work Shoes
A talented CM making one of Donald Duck’s summer costumes.
5. Every day, all returned costumes must be tag scanned, repaired, cleaned, pressed, and restocked on Costuming floor.
Princess gowns for the meet & greets. No princess gown is larger than size 10 (fits about a 120lb woman).
Picking out shoes for some may be an issue, unless you’re a ladies size forty.
6. If we return a piece and it doesn’t get scanned right, or if we lose a costume piece like a belt, we are charged a full replacement price, at least $25 per item!
For costume questions, email costume recovery at:WDW.Costume.Recovery@disney.com
WDW Costuming: 407-824-1269
7. Dozens and dozens of Disney name tags are accidentally turned in still attached to the costume’s shirt, blouse, or vest every day, 365 days/year! We have to pay $5 to order a new one and it takes about two weeks to get it. (The first one was free!) I lost my first name tag just two weeks after starting the program! Getting a new name tag
Watch a video with a backstage peek at WDW Costuming, with over 3,700 costume pieces here: Disney World Costuming
Anyone interested in a role at Disneyland? Watch a backstage peek at Disneyland Costuming, with over 800 costume pieces here: Disneyland Costuming
WDW costuming facts. Amazing! WDW Costuming is responsible for almost 3 million costume pieces!
Caroline’s work costume was actually the inspiration for one young guest visiting DAK this summer!! How cute!!!
Caroline had some vinyls made up of her favorite costumes!
Working together at DAK.
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 Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale