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Guest forced to buy new shirt, sparks debate over dress code

Disney’s dress code has been in the news a lot this year – most recently after a guest entered Disneyland Resort wearing a sexually inappropriate T-shirt, but was not forced to change. In another incident in July, a guest wore a full-length ballgown at Disneyland Park and was told to change because it was a safety issue.

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Most notable, however, was the TikTok “dress code” trend. It all started with a video of TikTok user Amanda DiMeo uploading a video to her 800,000 followers explaining how to get “a free Disney shirt of your choice.”

Credit: Screenshot via Amanda DiMeo TikTok

In the video, which was picked up by FoxNews, DiMeo wore a cropped shirt that did not conform to the Walt Disney World dress code and received a voucher from cast members for a free shirt at a Disney Park merchandise store.

A few videos have since gone viral, with various guests receiving free shirts for wearing clothes deemed inappropriate by Walt Disney World Resort cast members.

Nicole wears a white tie-front crop top at EPCOT.
Credit: @nicole.delosreyes on TikTok
Recently, however, Disney seems to have changed its policy. In a viral video earlier this month, TikTok user Nicole DeLosReyes was shown walking away from EPCOT after being turned away for wearing a tie-front shirt. He was told to buy a replacement or change, leading fans to speculate that Walt Disney World had cracked down on the free shirt offer to buck the trend.

In the video, Maddie shows off the shirt she was wearing that violated Disney’s dress code. It’s a cut-front black graphic tee, and safety pins hold it together. She explains that she was told to buy a new shirt or leave and shows off the white Mickey Mouse 50th Anniversary Celebration t-shirt she bought.

Some commenters accused Maddie of wearing the shirt on purpose, but she said she had no idea it would violate the dress code. Others explained that it was probably a safety issue – as in other cases with tie front shirts, the ties could come loose during an intense ride, or a safety pin safety could get stuck in something. @causeimthemama wrote:

They stopped making them free since people kept enjoying them. It’s not the length, it’s how it’s held together

minnie mouse hollywood studios
Credit: Disney

A few commenters said Disney Park cast members should have given Maddie a free shirt if she wasn’t allowed in. @norissa69 wrote:

I understand a little because it’s short but they should have given you a free shirt

Others said the shirt shouldn’t have been allowed because it showed too much skin. “This is a family park,” @freckles486 wrote. “And it’s called the freedom to wear whatever you want,” @maddiex2711 replied.

mickey mouse hollywood studios
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“This is their home, if you come dressed like this to the kids then leave,” @theyluvoj said. “It’s Disney not a club.”

Learn more about the dress code at Walt Disney World Resort

minnie donald goofy and mickey mouse at spaceship earth epcot
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While Disney’s dress code doesn’t specifically mention tie-front shirts or safety pins, it’s intentionally left vague so cast members can interpret it as necessary. Of disney:

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. The parks are a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Ensuring the parks are family-friendly is an important part of the Disney experience. In this spirit, we ask that you exercise discretion and common sense.

Inappropriate dress

Disney reserves the right to refuse admission or remove anyone wearing attire deemed inappropriate or attire that may interfere with the experience of other Guests. Attire that is not appropriate for parks – and which may result in denial of admission – includes, but is not limited to:

  • Costumes and costume masks, which cannot be worn by visitors 14 years of age or older.

Exceptions:

  1. Specific Halloween and Christmas events. See below.
  2. Some outfits inspired by Star Wars.
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Too torn clothes
  • Clothing which by its nature exposes excessive parts of the skin which may be considered inappropriate for a home environment
  • Clothing that touches or drags the floor
  • Multi-layered garments are searched upon entry

If you’re unsure whether an outfit violates the Disney dress code, it’s best to err on the side of caution. We recommend that you wear light, comfortable clothing and supportive shoes in the Disney parks.

tree of life in animal kingdom
Credit: Disney

Do you think guests should get a free shirt if they violate the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort dress code?

Please note that the story described in this article is based on the personal experience of visitors to Disney parks. No two guest experiences are the same, and this article does not necessarily reflect Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney park operations.