runDisney logoJust days before one of the biggest events hosted by runDisney, a very unfortunate email was sent out, redefining costume guidelines for all runDisney events. When the parks had implemented the changes just before the holidays, many speculated that runDisney would follow suit. As of today. January 6, 2016, the days of unique costumes for ALL runDisney participants 14 and older is over. How does this affect your runDisney event? I’m not really a costume person, but I do know people that go all out and will be disappointed. The policy, from the email, is as follows:

Revised Costume & Safety Guidelines

runDisney MickeyAs a runDisney registered runner, we want to make you aware of some recent changes to the runDisney costuming guidelines and security procedures. These changes go into effect Jan. 6, 2016, and are being implemented to further protect our Guests and Cast Members.

Costumes: What’s New
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.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • 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.

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.

Please remember all of the existing runDisney costuming rules apply. Guests may continue to dress as a family-friendly, favorite character, but must follow the guidelines as determined by Disney. Click Here to review the entire costume guidelines.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests ages 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 theme parks after participating in a runDisney race.

Safety Reminders: What’s New
In keeping with the newly implemented additional security measures in our theme parks, runDisney is also implementing additional screening of our Guests.

  • 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 above for examples of acceptable toy accessories.)

Please review the appropriate theme park rules for more details:

We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your compliance with these updated guidelines which have been put in place to help ensure a safe, seamless, and fun race experience for all participants and spectators.

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