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Cast Member positions at Disney theme parks are highly sought-after. However, once employed, Cast Members must stick to some pretty strict guidelines.

For Disney, it's all about maintaining a great "guest experience". Since the early days of Disneyland, when Walt Disney himself walked the streets of the park, ensuring that the "show" at its parks is not harmed has been the company's utmost priority. For Cast Members, that means sticking to a rigid code of conduct and following what some might consider to be some pretty old-fashioned rules. Here are 5 things that Disney's staff are strictly NOT allowed to do.

5. Point with one finger

Disney Point
Image: Allan, Flickr

Ask a Cast Member for directions to the nearest restroom, and they'll invariably point you in the right direction. What they won't do, though, is point with one finger. Why not? Well, in some cultures pointing with one finger is seen as impolite. And pointing with two fingers or the full hand can be clearer, too.

4. Wander into other areas

Frontierland Cast Member
Image: Loren Javier, Flickr

Walt Disney is said to have been outraged by the sight of a Frontierland cowboy strolling through Tomorrowland. That's one reason why the Magic Kingdom was designed with extensive underground tunnels to enable employees to get from one area to another without being seen "on stage". There are exceptions (for parades, for example), but generally speaking anyone wearing a costume for a particular area should only be seen wearing it in that land.

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I thouroughly appreciate the rules and dress- code it adds to the Magic. I want to feel immersed in the Fantasy when I visit the parks.

Love our many visits to Disney World and especially love to see how very, very clean the parks are and all the guests are treated soooo nicely by all the characters. One of the reasons we return every other year. it is truly a "magical place"

It is truly a Magical Place! My family appreciates the high expectations WDW requires from their employees. It is one reason we return over and over! Keep it up!

I remember many years ago, I applied for a jog at Disneyland. I was told unless I shaved my mustache off, I would not be hired! The only one back in those days to have a mustache was Walt Disney! I found employment else where. I didn't think my mustache would have made me a worse employee.

In reply to by Don C. (not verified)

The moustache rule has been changed. You can have one now. I guess it was because Walt had one

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