View Full Version : Costumes at Disneyland

09-21-2004, 01:29 PM
I've read here that costumes are not allowed at Disneyland, but I'm wondering what exactly is meant by that policy? For example, I often see lots of little girls dressed as princesses and litle boys dressed as princes so does that mean that kids under a certain age can wear costumes? On Goth day there were several people wearing outfits that used to be worn as costumes on Halloween. And Darkbeer recently posted pictures of people dressed like pirates (I assume those were taken on "Talk like a pirate day")

So, who can tell me what's allowed and what's not. For example, if I showed up at the gates wearing a green mini dress and green ballet slippers like Tinker Bell's, would I be admitted into the park even if I didn't have wings or a wand and wasn't wearing my hair in a liitle bun? Would Javanod be allowed to wear his "Dread Pirate Robert" costume.(Don't worry...we're not planning to do anything that crazy...I'm just wondering!)

09-21-2004, 01:39 PM
I doubt this answers your question, but..
When I was a sophomore in high school, our family went to Disneyland for Halloween. A friend of mine had come along, and we both dressed up very minimally for Halloween - I had cat ears on, and she fairy wings. When we entered into the park, a male security officer came up to us and said that we weren't allowed to wear costumes (meaning adults/teenagers.. anything over 13ish, I guess), and gave us a token (when I presume they were still using token lockers) for a locker to store our "costumes" in.
Us being kids, said we would leave our costumes in the locker, but of course did not, and we saw many other kids our age in similar quasi-costumes (including a teenage boy we met that night in a grass skirt).
It seemed a little bit weird, especially on Halloween to have such a skewed policy.

09-21-2004, 01:44 PM
It's more in the lines of "We don't want random people who are of age dressing as DIsney Characters so that they are not confused by the general public to be representatives of the Disney Co."

There was a Halloween party once upon a time at Disneyland that a young lay had dressed as a Disney Princess (I forgot who), but her costume was so well made that people were asking for her autographs and pictures. Had she done anything innappropriate to the Disney Image, imagine what the guests might think of the company, even though she isn't really one of the company's characters. You get what I mean?

I htink the security guard and the cat ears thing was a little over the top, though...

09-21-2004, 02:54 PM
Sadly this rule is very vauge and it seems up to each CM to make the call. They definitly allow little kids in costume. I see adults and teens dressed like pirates all the time but that could just be because they bought their pirate stuff inside the park. I was told very rudely by the bage checking lady that I couldn't enter the park because I was in costume on my last trip. The sad part was that I wasn't wearing a costume. Yes, sometime I dress oddly but I didn't realize it was bad enough to be considered a costume! Not only did she yell at me to stop lieing to here when I tried to explain that I wasn't in costume she also called over five security gaurds to make sure I left. I wasn't causing a scene or anything (well until 5 big scary men came to escort me away, then I started crying) so I don't know why she felt that was nessisary. So what was my costume? A poofy floral print skirt, white tights, black mary janes and a white button up bell-sleved shirt. I really would like to know exactly what/who she thought I was dressed up as.

09-21-2004, 03:09 PM
That's horrible, sami869! I hope you reported that CM. There's just no excuse for that kind of rudeness. :mad:

09-21-2004, 03:16 PM
That's horrible, sami869! I hope you reported that CM. There's just no excuse for that kind of rudeness. :mad:

Nope. At the time I was just too upset to even think about it. Once I did think about doing so 2 days later I realized that I never got her name and there were multiple girls working that area at that time so there wasn't much I could do. Oh well. Luckily the good disney experiences outway (and out number) the bad ones.

09-21-2004, 03:38 PM
Good topic...I wondered about this very rule myself last time I was at DLR.

Walking across the hub, I passed three *most likely* teenage girls, one of which was wearing what looked a lot like the sparkly aqua and gold Princess Jasmine harem pants outfit (available on property) - this was a taller young lady and it fit her in a fairly sexy way. It did not look bad but it was startling.

Mind you, I have no problem with tight, sexy clothes - being prone to stretch velvet tank tops, hiphugger pants, and occasional vinyl or leather wear as well as affection for lace-up closures on anything, myself...as well as shopping in the kids' section at times too!

BUT this was a little much, for an outfit on a (likely) teenager at Disneyland. I just wonder if she was spoken to/with about it?

09-21-2004, 06:09 PM
What about being too formal? You know, like a guy wearing a coat and tie -- like they all did back in the day -- would Disneyland be averse to that? I suppose they might think that such a dapper guest could be mistaken for Security....

09-21-2004, 06:22 PM
Actually, I've seen lots of guys and gals at DIsneyland in their Prom wear, and my friends and I got all jazzed up to go to the Blue Bayou for a friend's birthday earlier this year. A few guests gave us some looks ("Why would anyone wear that to Disneyland of all places?" type), but no CMs even lifted an eyebrow.

09-21-2004, 06:51 PM
I have a photo of Tony in a tuxedo and me in a wedding dress, standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. :p


09-21-2004, 07:23 PM
I have a photo of Tony in a tuxedo and me in a wedding dress, standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. :pThat's a costume?!? :eek:

09-21-2004, 10:11 PM
I go as the same thing every year to Disneyland/DCA. I used to have bright red hair so I would wear cowgirl stuff (jeans, western shirt, jean jacket, with my hair in braids and eyeliner freckles) and go as Jesse (Toy Story 2, one of my top ten favorite movies). No one said anything, but my mom thinks it's because it looked fairly normal for me. This year I am planning to go to DLR as a 1940's WW2 nurse (based on a character from my novel). There maybe a difference there.

09-22-2004, 06:13 PM
I went a few years ago on Halloween with a friend who at the time, was going through a major goth stage. I was wearing cat ears and had on a black tail, but other than that, I just had on regular clothes. My friend however was wearing the long black lace dress, very white makeup, the black lips, eyes, glitter everywhere the whole sha-bang. When we entered the park, I was asked to take off my costume, but they said nothing about my friend. I respect the right to dress differently, I have nothing against it, I love goths, they are some of the greatest people, but to be honest, that made me angry, as her outfit looked way more like a costume, and attracted more attention than my ears and tail ever would have. I think the no costume rule on Halloween is stupid, but if you're going to enforce it like that, enforce it from all sides.

09-22-2004, 06:19 PM
I read in a related post that costumes and trick-or-treating are actually encouraged on Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland. Perhaps this is designed to act as an impetus for those of you thwarted in your costume-wearing efforts domestically to splurge and make the big trip abroad. ;)

09-22-2004, 09:15 PM
I love Halloween, but not that much. :)

09-23-2004, 04:40 PM
a DL "dress code" is listed on the batsday website. It says the DL will not allow masks, full cloaks with hoods, sheer tops for men or women, or (and this one cracks me up), fishnet stockings for men. I think it odd they wouldn't let anyone wear cat ears but one can purchase a giant stuffed pink and purple cat head and wear it with no problem. I have also seen young teenage girls in the sexy Jasmine outfits and wondered just what the "it's cute to be princess" cutoff age is. I can understand not allowing adults in if they are dressed as Disney characters and could be mistaken for CMs, But a poofy skirt and mary janes or cat ears? No way.