OK current CMs at WDW... Why is the Disney Look not as revered as it was once at WDW??? Is it really a difficult thing for you guys to get into because of ... politics, mood, what??
When I was a CM back in the days, we were beaten over our heads over and over and over with the "disney look" book of regulations and CM's who didn't show up at work in compliance would be sent home with NO PAY for the day.
Now.. this is what I see: wild haircuts that do not meet a more professional standards or show, non-compliance about being in a different land with a costume that does not belong there. Poorly fitted outfits, mostly because of body shapes or wrong sizes, discoloration of some garmets, and the biggest offense of them all: Non-compliance shoes.
Just last night, a turnstyle CM at EPCOT was wearing sport sneakers in colors that didn't match his outfit and very low cut socks that gave the impression he wasn't wearing any socks at all. In my days, black shoes was the norm, and tennis shoes and sneakers were simply prohibited.
Needless to say, I am appalled at the lack of professionalism I see across property in regards to the proper wear of costumes "on stage". I realize not the entire CM work forced is to be blamed for this. Management has to share the blame for not trying to keep this problem from straying so far out that it becomes painfully noticeable. I personally can find 1 in every 10 CMs not being in compliance about the "Disney Look". Can't anyone take a little pride anymore??? I know some of you CM do take pride and I appreciate and applaud those of you who DO take the time to look the part and be best in show on stage.
Now.. some things that are impacting this issue... Castzooming. CM's doing their own costumes' laundry and ruining it in the process, plus you have no idea how jarring and stupid those costumes look in our local Publix supermarkets. Bad move from Disney and I place the blame entirely on management on this one issue. Likewise, the management is at fault for the generic design approach of some of WDW's CMs costumes. I can go my local Gap store, pick up a simple dress shirt and dockers, stick my old nametag on it, and presto! I can take a tour of the tunnel. WDW has got to have the worst collection of CM costumes of any of the Disney Resort, and when something unique comes along, like the "Soarin'" costumes for example, these CMs stick out as a sore thumb simply because they stand out from the average rest of the cast.
So again.. I ask, what is it with the Disney Look that is so poorly executed, maintained, or enforced at WDW now a days?????