Cast member and Food Chef Christian (our brother!)
One of the most exciting moments for a new cast member is going to Disney costuming for the first time and being fitted for your work costume (what other companies call a ‘uniform’).
Christian went to Magic Kingdom Costuming right after Traditions.
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 CMs 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.
Magic Kingdom Costuming, generally open 8am-8pm most days.
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 food service at every location to attractions at the Magic Kingdom.
Heart of House food prep stations.
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.
The white chef jackets all lined up, freshly laundered and pressed.
You would think that Costuming would ALWAYS have your size shirt/pants in stock…NOPE!!!
Full view of chef costume.
2. Cast members 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.
The Recreation Shoe Guidelines for Disney Resorts and Water Parks.
3. 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
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! 😥
4. Every day of the year, all returned costumes must be tag scanned, repaired, cleaned, pressed, and restocked on Costuming floor.
Checking out costume pieces for the week.
5. 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
Everyone, no matter how high up in the company you are, wears a name tag when they’re in the Parks.
6. 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! Cast members have to pay $5 to order a new one and it takes about two weeks to get it. (The first one is free.) Elly lost her first name tag just two weeks after starting the program! Getting a new name tag
Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits and what the pieces are.
7. Mickey Mouse has a costume for every occasion and holiday. Each Disney Princess has a summer costume and a winter costume.
January 27, 2019: Princess Ariel in her warm winter costume on a chilly day. (“She has legs!”)
What has over 290 Mickey Mouse Outfits, 20,000 Shirts, and at least 4 Belle Gowns/Dresses –
Welcome to Magic Kingdom Costuming! 🙂
This beautiful gown will be worn in the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade.
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!
Princess gowns for the meet & greets. No princess gown is larger than size 10 (fits about a 120lb woman).
A talented CM making one of Donald Duck’s summer costumes. He wears this at the Cape May restaurant.
Picking out shoes for some may be an issue, unless you’re a ladies size forty.
CP Moment: Getting my costume for Sir Mickey’s at the Magic Kingdom.
Ready for work: Waering Sir Mickey’s costume, working at the Magic Kingdom.
We’ve written two books about our time at the DCP at Disney World.
Both are available on Amazon.com:
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
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Have a magical day!
Two Disney Sisters