Origins: Up until the late 1960s, long-haired male visitors to Disneyland were stopped at the park gates by cast members who politely informed the hirsute guests that they did not meet the standards of Disneyland's ("unwritten") dress code and therefore would not be allowed to enter the park.
Disneyland's appearance code for employees, instituted in the 1950s, prohibited male cast members from sporting mustaches, beards, or long hair. Back when the code was implemented,
Disneyland's "no long hair" policy for male guests was not instituted as a reaction to the "yippie invasion" that forced the park to close early one day in 1970. In fact, the opposite was true: the only reason the long-haired "yippies" were allowed in the park that day in the first place was because the restriction had already been relaxed.
Faced with manpower shortages at their American theme parks, in early 2000 Disney modified their policy to allow male cast members to sport neatly-trimmed moustaches.
Last updated: 22 August 2007
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