New runDisney Costume & Safety Guidelines go into effect today, January 6th! I am sure that many of you have already picked out your run attire and some are in the planning stages. You’ll want to be sure to pay special attention to these new guidelines. In an effort to provide you with accurate information, the following was taken directly from runDisney.com:
- Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
- For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
- Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
- For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
- Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
- Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
- Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Guests may not wear masks of any kind.
Disney also states that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.
In addition, the runDisney site also posted their Safety Reminders:
All runners, Guests, costumes, and bags are subject to screening prior to entering the event staging areas.
- Weapons of any kind, or objects that appear to be actual weapons, including toy guns, are not allowed for any participants.
- See Costume guidelines for examples of acceptable toy accessories.
- For everyone’s safety, selfie sticks, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.
- Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure runner safety.
- runDisney can offer human guides to assist registered participants with disabilities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 90 days in advance of the event.
As I said, you’ll want to pay close attention to these costume and safety guidelines as Disney reserves the right to deny admission to, or remove, any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All participants and their Guests may dress as their favorite Character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney.
While the changes may mean a change in your previously planned costume/attire, the changes are being implemented to further protect Guests and Cast Members and a person’s safety is nothing to take lightly.
Will these changes mean a change to your run wardrobe? What do you think of these changes? Please feel free to leave your comments below.