Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Disney Look Cast Member Handbook

By Keith Mahne

Since Disneyland opened in 1955, guests have treasured the elements that set the Disney theme parks and resorts apart — the cleanest venues, the friendliest cast members, and the most exceptional show. Though each of these three things are extremely important and are what keeps Disney a step ahead of the competition, Disney's cast members are by far the most important of them all. But did you know that there is a secret ingredient used within the company that keeps cast members looking their best while "on stage"? It's called the Disney Look. This look has changed with the times, yet always remains true to Disney's ideal of offering wholesome family entertainment in the world's top vacation destinations. In today's new article, let's peek inside the pages of a Disney Look handbook and see what it really takes to be a Disney cast member...

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As you can see, a lot of work goes into being a Disney cast member. It takes a special person to put a smile on their face regardless of what may be going on in their personal life, or to dress and look the part the minute they clock in, and do it all for far less compensation than is truly deserved on a daily basis. Next time you're in the parks and resorts, be sure to take a second and thank these unique men and women for being the ones who REALLY create the magic we all love.


Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true everyday.


  1. ..forgot to ask: do you know which year this booklet is from?


    1. Thanks for letting me know Harold, I didn't realize it was missing. I'll fix it as soon as I can. This handbook is from 2004.