The “Disney Look” is getting an update. Come Feb. 3, male costumed staff members will be able to wear facial hair to work, and non-costumed staff members can partake in casual Fridays, according to a memo published by Disney news blog Inside the Magic.
Though employees have been able to sport a ’stache since 2000, the park took another decade to accept goatees and beards, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
According to the Sentinel, dress-code changes at Disney occur only after years of consideration, including reviews of Fortune 500 companies. Female employees weren’t allowed to work in a skirt with bare legs until just two years ago.
“I think that a little bit of individuality between the cast members is not a bad thing,” a Disney cast member told WESH Orlando. “I think that people can have facial hair and still be beautiful, clean-cut and wholesome.”
But not everyone agrees with the newfound facial freedom.
“You’re having people going, ‘Yahoo! Cool!,’ and you’re going to have the traditional Disney workers — who have their own supply of pixie dust — that doubt Walt would approve,” Donna-Lynne Dalton, a Teamsters Local 385 union spokeswoman, told the Associated Press.
The memo mentioned some restrictions: beard hair can be no longer than a quarter of an inch long, and “extreme styles are prohibited.” That means the Seven Dwarfs probably have to buy razors.