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    When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    I just saw an episode of the Disney anthology series, circa 1959, and I noticed that one of the constables on Main Street, U.S.A. has a moustache? When did Disneyland institute the no-moustache policy?

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist
    I just saw an episode of the Disney anthology series, circa 1959, and I noticed that one of the constables on Main Street, U.S.A. has a moustache? When did Disneyland institute the no-moustache policy?
    Well THIS site states that Walt Disney had that policy from the park's beginning. This site places it in the 1950s, and this site indicates that ban ended in 2000.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Does anyone have any plausible explanations? I know that Disney hired security from an outside company in the beginning.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    I always thought this was funny because Walt had one...
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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    The uniform grooming policy is partly due to the fact that the majority of Disneyland hosts and hostesses have repertoires of roles, so they need to be able to move from one location to another without creating any contradictions.

    For example, a more modern style of facial hair can look appropriate in Tomorrowland, whereas, in Frontierland, the style may be completely out of place.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    The constables mustache may have been part of his costume. the early outfits were remenicient of the keystone cops.

    just a thought

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    If it is the episode I'm thinking of the part of the Keystone cop was played by an actor. Many of the shots of Walt in the park were effects shots done at Burbank and the "guest" he interacted with were actors. Bill Justice use to fill in as Walt's hands when ever they showed Walt drawing something. They even made a wedding band that was a copy of Walt's. It is mentioned in his book Justice for Disney. Though in the past certain CMs have been allowed to wear moustaches. For example the musical performers in NOS. Speaking of Studio shots, Steve Martin's bit in front of the Main Street Magic shop was all done on a set. Look at the trees, the sidewalk and the lack of trolley track when they cross the street.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yendorb
    The constables mustache may have been part of his costume. the early outfits were remenicient of the keystone cops.

    just a thought

    Yup, that's what I'm thinking, too!
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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    The episode is the one, which features the song, "Everyday Is a Wonderful Holiday in Disneyland, U.S.A.". The constable appears in footage of the Easter parade on Main Street, U.S.A. He has his back turned to the camera, and he's fairly close to it. One can clearly see a moustache when he turns his head towards the camera.

    As a turn-of-the-19th-Century constable, he looks appropriate with the moustache. But, its presence would seem to contradict accounts that Disneyland opened with a no-moustache policy for the operational cast members.

    His costume is also virtually identical to the ones the current constables wear, so he looks as if he is, indeed, security. Moreover, the shot was not manipulated in any way.
    Last edited by PragmaticIdealist; 06-26-2006 at 12:43 PM.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Some parade performers can have facial hair. Also security officers have been played by actors. Back when DCA opened there was a big brewhaha when the TV special had two comedians play Disneyland Security officers. The union had a fit and sent the company a letter of protest because these actors made the Park's security department look like fools. Either way the company will allow facial hair if the part calls for it.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Looking at the footage, again, the constable appears to be performing "guest control" duties for the Easter parade, and the moustache is clearly not fake.

    The show aired at the end of 1959 because the openings of the monorail, the Matterhorn, and the Submarine Voyage are all a part of the episode.
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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Why would they bother recreating parts of Disneyland at the Studio?
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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    For many years in the early days there was a street sweeper on Main Street by the name of Trinidad. He had a bushy white mustache. So I'm guessing that certain characters were allowed to have 'em.

    They actually changed the policy in 2000 to try to attract more of the large latino population on SoCal and Florida. A mustache is much more of a big deal within the latino culture, and Disney acknowledged that with the policy change. I thought it was interesting during that time that you could be hired if you HAD a mustache, but you could not GROW a mustache while on the job. So any guy who wanted to have one had to take at least a 2 week vacation and hope that it had grown enough to be acceptable when he reported back in.

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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?



    There's a really great CM in the Disney Gallery (who gives brief little tours), who has a moustache. His seemed neat and trim.
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    Re: When Did Disneyland Institute the No-Moustache Policy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedway
    Why would they bother recreating parts of Disneyland at the Studio?
    Because it'd be easier to shoot something at the studio rather than schlepping all the way down to Anaheim?

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