Cosplay has become a standard event in most popular culture occasions that gather a good number of people. Regular visitors to the park will know that the Walt Disney Company does not allow adult fans to dress in costumes while attending their theme parks. While they encourage children to do so, it’s explicitly forbidden for adult guests over 14 to dress up as their favourite characters. The act can get you not only removed from the park but banned for life. Read on to know why.

No masks allowed

The Disney Parks rulebook clearly points out that if you wear a costume or mask for Disney Park or if you want unique activities where suits are encouraged or individuals with unique authorization from the park you can deny entry. Disney Parks rulebooks.The Reader’s Digest piece notes that it can be a little challenging to get to the exact nature of the rule once you move beyond the masks, though, noting that “Masks are only appropriate if they are necessary medically for your stay at the park, but wigs, tutus, and, of course, the iconic mouse ears are fully acceptable under the Disney-approved dress code.”

Fundamental reasons for ban in parks


Adults can’t wear costumes in Disney Parks2
Employees dressed up as characters from Disney

There are two fundamental reasons for this. Facial coverings and the kind of play weapons that cosplay might encourage are both banned from the parks for safety reason- whether it’s loss prevention or the safety of younger guests who might be susceptible to kidnapping, you don’t want somebody walking around with a mask when you need to be able to spot them within the park quickly. 

Make sure they are “on-brand”


Adults can’t wear costumes in Disney Parks3
Famous characters of Disney, the Mouse’s played by employees

The second reason is that Disney wants to be able to control the encounters fans have with costumed characters inside of the park, to be sure that they are “on-brand.” Nominally, the rules also suggest that this could ruin the illusion for some younger guests.


Source: Comicbook, Foxnews

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