Disney has announced it will no longer be segmenting rules for female and male members of staff in its popular theme parks around the world.

The move is part of a bid to improve inclusivity in all Disney theme parks. The former gender-specific rules included dictating the type of jewellery staff could wear, as well as the style and length of their hair and beards.

Cast members in shows and in character costumes at Disney resorts will have a wider range of costumes available to choose from.

Under a significant revamp of its policy, employees are now able to dress in ways that means they can express their “cultures and individualities” more at work.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, made the announcement ahead of the grand reopening of Disneyland on April 30, 2021.

“Moving forward, we believe our cast, who are at the centre of the magic that lives in all our experiences, can provide the best of Disney’s legendary guest service when they have more options for personal expression – creating richer, more personal and more engaging experiences with our guests,” said D’Amaro.

“Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewellery, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos,” he added.