Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products posted an article titled “A Place Where Everyone is Welcome” on the Disney Parks Blog today. A Fifth Key of Inclusion has been added to the Four Keys of Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. As part of that, the Disney Look is also getting an update to allow for gender-inclusive hairstyles, appropriate visible tattoos and more.
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D’Amaro says that Disney wants guests to see “their own backgrounds and traditions reflected in the stories, experiences and products they encounter in their interactions with Disney”. And also that Cast feel a sense of belonging at work.
He continues with mentioning The Four Keys, which are Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. That is something that new Cast Members learn about in Disney Traditions. Now there will be a fifth key, the key of Inclusion. D’Amaro says about this key, “Inclusion is essential to our culture and leads us forward as we continue to realize our rich legacy of engaging storytelling, exceptional service, and Disney magic.”
There are new policies for Cast Members on hairstyles, nail styles, tattoos and more. D’Amaro says, “Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos. We’re updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work.”
D’Amaro ends saying that the word is changing and Disney will change with it – and work towards making sure Disney is a welcoming place for all.
Read the full Disney Parks Blog article here.