Surprising Disneyland and Disney World Employee Rules Disney Doesn’t Want You to Know About

Guests aren’t the only ones who have to abide by the rules at Disneyland and Disney World … cast members do, too! Only, the Disney employee handbook looks a lot different — aka, stricter — than the park’s guest dress code policy. In fact, there are a handful of rules Disney doesn’t want you to know about it.

Curious to know what strict policies Disney has in place for cast members? From the way their handwriting looks (page 2) to the very specific way they have to pick up trash (page 5), we share the most surprising rules every Disneyland and Disney World employee must follow, ahead.

1. They’re not allowed to say ‘I don’t know’

Donald Duck and former Disneyland cast member, actor Steve Martin unveil "Disneyland
They always have to give guests answers. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Cast members have to know the answer to everything. In fact, they’re not even allowed to say ‘I don’t know’ when asked a question by a guest.

That said, they’re only human. So, if they don’t actually know the answer, they phone a friend — aka, a Disneyland operator — to help them out.

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2. They must sign autographs the exact same way

Disney/Pixar's new 3D animation movie "Toy Story 3" character Jessie signs autographs
They have to look authentic. | Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images

Those playing characters are not only required to have good handwriting, they’re required to sign each character autograph the exact same way as their co-workers. That way, Mickey’s signature always looks the same. Talk about pressure!

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3. There are height requirements

Mickey Mouse rides in a parade through Main Street
Most characters must be at least 5 foot 4. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

At Disneyland, height discrimination is a thing — and not just for those too short to ride the Matterhorn. Those playing Disney characters must meet certain height requirements, most of which are above 5 foot 4.

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4. No nail polish allowed

Hands with gray metallic manicured nails
Nail polish isn’t part of the uniform. |

In addition to height, Disney has other rules about appearance. Including, no nail polish. Whether a cast member is playing a character or operating an attraction, nail polish is not apart of their uniform.

Next: There are rules about how to pick up trash.

5. No bending down to pick up trash

A staff member cleans the garbage bin inside Disneyland
They use a trash scooper. | Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

Disney requires all cast members to pick up trash — but, they can’t bend down and pick it up. Instead, they have to use a trash scooper to retrieve the garbage and throw it out.

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6. There are strict rules about eyeglasses

young businessman adjusting eyeglasses
They must be conventional eyeglasses and not show any logos. |

It’s no secret Disneyland takes its employees’ appearances very seriously. However, there are still some surprising rules about cast member style. Case in point: Employees with eyeglasses must ensure there are no logos on their frames and they must be a conventional shape.

Next: If you ask for directions, don’t expect a cast member to point you in the right direction.

7. Pointing in a certain direction is forbidden

Disney character Pointing
Pointing can be rude. | Theme Park Tourist/Wikimedia Commons

If you ask a Disneyland employee for directions, they won’t point it out for you. Instead, they will use either their entire hand, or two fingers to gesture to the area. In some cultures, pointing is considered rude and Disney doesn’t want to offend any of its guests.

Next: They have their own language.

8. They must use code words

Corey Cott poses with cast members from Disney's Tony Award-winning musical "Newsies
They can’t ruin the magic. | Mark Ashman/Disney via Getty Images

For things that ruin the magic — e.g. when a guest vomits — cast members must use a code word to alert others. Instead of calling attention to the problem, they use code words to communicate.

If a guest gets sick and vomits, cast members call for backup on a “code V.”

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