Disney World Requiring Guests to Cover Up Tattoos

Disney requires guests to cover up all tattoos

Disney World has an extremely strict dress code for their guests. In fact, we recently reported here that they are banning shorts and skirts inside their parks. This came as a big shock given how hot is it in Florida, especially during the summer. Now, there are more significant changes to the Disney World dress code. Disney is now requiring guests to cover up all tattoos.

Disney requires guests to cover up all tattoos
Disney requires guests to cover up all tattoos. Photo of man via Guinness World Records

This news comes as a surprise to many given that just recently Disney allowed cast members to show tattoos for the first time ever. That’s right, Disney cast members are now off the hook for covering up tattoos on their bodies. There were also other fairly significant changes around the employee dress code which Disney relaxed and made it far less professional. That is a topic for another day. Today, we will address the news that guests need to cover up tattoos.

Disney World Dress Code Change

Since Disney World opened in 1971, guests have been allowed to show tattoos in the parks. However, it’s worth noting that back in the 70s and 80s tattoos were far less common. There has been a significant rise in people getting tattoos since the early 2000s. In fact, 42% of Americans have tattoos. The issue here isn’t because people have tattoos, it’s because of the inappropriate nature of tattoos.

Percent of American's with tattoos
Percent of American’s with tattoos. Photo via Statista

It’s no surprise that as more people get tattoos, more inappropriate tattoos make their way into the scene. Since Disney World is focused on families, they want a family-friendly environment. However, the mass rise in inappropriate tattoos is forcing Disney to change their rules. In fact, in 2021, there were over 40,000 complaints by guests of inappropriate tattoos on other guests. This is a wild statistic and has many guests outraged that such tattoos would be allowed in a family place.

With Disney making the change of banning shorts and skirts, it’s no surprise covering up tattoos was next. This certainly makes sense and a lot of guests are relieved Disney is making this change. However, there are many guests critical of this decision. They are confused why they have to cover up their tattoos just because other people have inappropriate tattoos. However, that is sometimes how it goes. It’s like in school when the entire class is punished because a few kids act up. Is it right? Not necessarily, but that’s how it is.

Do I Need to Cover Up My Tattoos at Disney?

Going forward, all guests will be required to cover up their tattoos in Disney World. This doesn’t impact cast members, however. They are allowed to show tattoos. This is because Disney has strict guidelines and does require some cast members to cover up certain inappropriate tattoos. Disney has far more control over what their employees wear and can fire them on the spot. This is much harder for guests, which is why they are doing a complete tattoo ban.

Disney cast members still allowed to show tattoos
Disney cast members still allowed to show tattoos. Photo via Disney

The other side of the coin is Disney potentially running into a discrimination case in court. If they tell specific guests to cover up certain tattoos and let others with provocative tattoos off the hook, they are begging for a lawsuit. Disney knows that guests will sue them at any chance they have. Allowing only some guests to display their tattoos and others not puts them in serious jeopardy according to a top attorney that deals with cases of discrimination.

With any policy at Disney, this is subject to change. Disney is always updating and adapting their policies. There is a decent chance that Disney backtracks on this decision. In fact, they may completely reverse this dress code change in a few months or find a way to scale it back. Only time will tell if Disney changes this new dress code rule. However, for now, you will be required to cover up all tattoos at Disney World.

What do you think of Disney’s new policy requiring all tattoos to be covered up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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11 months ago

Is this really true? Plus the skirt and shorts too? Wth

Brendan Byrne
Brendan Byrne
11 months ago
Reply to  Lynne

No. It’s fake. All news on this page is for laughs.

Last edited 11 months ago by Brendan Byrne
6 months ago
Reply to  Lynne

Yes it would be true as children under 21 are too young for tattoos we want our children to be safe it’s also part of WDW dress code policy