Were a Mother and Daughter Banned for Life from Disneyland for Wearing Mouse-Boob T-Shirts?
By David Emery
Netlore Archive: A mother and daughter were supposedly "banned for life" from Disneyland (or Disney World) because they wore t-shirts with Mickey Mouse boobs. Was the viral photo of them actually taken in a Disney theme park?
Description: Email hoax / Joke
Circulating since: 2005 / Earlier?
Status: False / Mislabeled
Rating: Adult content / NSFW
Email contributed by Suzanne S., Jan. 29, 2007
Fw: mother and daughter banned from Disneyland ...lol
Analysis: Were these women, evidently a mother and daughter, really kicked out of Disneyland or Disney World for wearing Mickey Mouse-themed cutout t-shirts exposing their breasts? No. The photo above wasn't taken in either place. Look more closely at the details. Note the Mardi Gras beads around the man's neck, the plastic cup of beer in the younger woman's hand, and the "Tricou House" restaurant sign behind the lot of them. The pic was clearly snapped on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, not in a Disney theme park. People don't walk around with bared breasts and alcoholic beverages in Disneyland. It isn't done. It wouldn't be allowed.
The image, origin unknown, has been making the Internet rounds for ages (since 2005, at least), sometimes captioned as above, other times captioned more accurately, and often accompanied by ribald comments which shall not be repeated here.
The identities of the folks in the photo remain unknown as well, so far as I know, and that's presumably how they hope it will stay.
Is it truly the case that someone could be "banned for life" from Disneyland or Disney World for dressing this way? I don't know about the "for life" part — which seems rather dubious, to be honest — but according to the Disneyland Resort Park Rules posted on Disney.com, guests may indeed be ejected from Disney theme parks for "inappropriate attire." Here are the specifics, such as they are:
Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs, are not permitted. Special events may have additional attire guidelines.
According to a Disney Parks FAQ page (not currently accessible, but referenced in an April 2014 news item), the definition of "inappropriate attire" includes the following: "Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics," "Excessively torn clothing," and "Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment."
Just FYI, another thing you aren't allowed to wear in Disney theme parks, unless you're a child of 10 or under, is any costume too closely resembling that of a Disney character. For example, in April 2010, a mother and daughter were banned from Disneyland Paris for wearing matching princess costumes during their visit. For reals!
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Sources and further reading:
When Mardi Gras Meets Mickey Mouse
Pandagon, 17 March 2006
8 Things Disney Parks Have Banned
Mental Floss, 29 October 2009
Local Mother Asked by Disney Park Employee to Cover Up at California Adventure
ABC 10 News, 15 April 2014
Mother and Daughter Banned from Disneyland... Because They Were Dressed as Fairy Princesses
Daily Mail, 20 April 2010
Disneyland Resort Park Rules and Regulations
Last updated: 06/14/15