Disneyland Long Hair Prohibition : Until the 1960s, men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland


Disneyland Long Hair Prohibition

Up until the late 1960s, long-haired male visitors to Disneyland were stopped at the park gates by cast members who politely informed the hirsute guests that they did not meet the standards of Disneyland’s (unwritten) dress code and therefore would not be allowed to enter the park.

Disneyland’s appearance code for employees, instituted in the 1950s, prohibited male cast members from sporting mustaches, beards, or long hair. Back when the code was implemented, facial hair was perceived as conveying a negative image to many Americans, who associated beards and mustaches on young men with beatniks, un-American activities, and in the 1960s hippies. Disney’s philosophy was that customers preferred park workers to be wholesome and well-scrubbed, and some of the same appearance restrictions they placed on their employees were applied to other park guests as well. (For example, Jim McGuinn, future founder of the Byrds, was turned away from Disneyland in 1964 merely for sporting a Beatle cut.)

Disneyland’s “no long hair” policy for male guests was not instituted as a reaction to the “yippie invasion” that forced the park to close early one day in 1970. In fact, the opposite was true: the only reason the long-haired “yippies” were allowed in the park that day in the first place was because the restriction had already been relaxed.

Source : https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hair-today/

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