Disney officials have issued new rules for participants wearing costumes during road races in its parks, days before events kick off for the Walt Disney World Marathon.Last month, Disney increased security measures at its parks, adding metal detectors at entrances and banning guests older than 14 from wearing costumes. Disney also stopped the sale of toy guns and banned them from being brought into the parks.
On Monday, Disney said race participants may wear costumes, with certain caveats:
Costumes may not contain weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for a real weapon.
Costumes cannot contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another guest.
Participants who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other park guests.
Race participants 13 and younger may wear masks, as long as they do not cover the entire face, and eyes are visible.
Race participants 14 and older:
Cannot wear masks (though headwear that doesn’t cover the face is permissible);
Cannot wear layered costumes, such as Jedi robes, that might conceal a prohibited item;
Cannot wear a costume that drags or reaches the ground, such as a full-length princess dress;
Cannot wear a cape that reaches below the waist;
Can accessorize with a plastic light saber or toy sword.
The new costume rules apply only to participants during the race, so Disney said participants older than 14 will need to change out of their costume if they visit a park after the race.
For more information, visit RunDisney.com.