Rules for wearing theme park T-shirts, in a theme park
Do you have any self-imposed rules on wearing theme park T-shirts to a theme park?
For all the parks I visit, I don't own very many theme park T-shirts. Perhaps that's because I've got what you might think are some strange rules about when and where I'll wear a theme park T-shirt.
For example, I never wear a T-shirt to the same park (or resort) where I got it. Wearing a park's T-shirt in the park just seems weird to me. Perhaps it's conditioning from when I worked in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. If I'm in a park on my own time and my own dime, I don't want to be wearing anything that identifies me with the park.
(Not that this has succeed in keeping people from asking me for directions, to take photos for them, etc. Once you've got that "cast member stink" on you, it ain't ever wearing off.)
I also won't wear a shirt in a park if it's from a competing theme park company. That just strikes me as rude. No Disney shirts at Universal, and no Universal shirts at Disney.
So that leaves me with wearing T-shirts from the same company, but from a different resort within that company. Which turns out to be a lot of fun. Rock the Orange Bird shirt at Disneyland, and you're guaranteed to get a second look from devoted Disney fans. (But no one seemed to notice my Battlestar Galactica roller coaster shirt at Universal Studios Hollywood. I'll have to try it next time I'm in Orlando, I guess.)
I know that this entire topic is silly. But I wondered if other people had rules about where you'd wear your theme park shirts, too. Or at least some fun theme park T-shirt stories to tell. The comments await you!
I wear a Cedar Point shirt (my kids got it for me) pretty much every time I go to any park. It is a great conversation starter for many of the other patrons in line and identifies me as a hard core coaster fan. Even some of the workers at other parks give me a thumbs up.
I have the same rule about wearing a park/coaster shirt at the park at which it was purchased. This is a variation on the old rule about concert t-shirts..i.e., never wear a shirt featuring the artist you're presently seeing. That was a rule I never really followed, though.
I agree with your rule about not wearing a shirt to the park in which the subject of the shirt is featured in that park (for example I would not wear my Tower of Terror tee to DHS). However, I am a little less strict about wearing a competing company's shirt to a competitor's park. In Orlando where the competition is fierce I would be less likely to wear a competitor's shirt to a park, but here in Missouri I do it all the time. Just the other day I wore my New Texas Giant shirt to Silver Dollar City, and several cast members asked me about it because Rocky Mt coasters is building their new coaster, too.
Don't be THAT dude. You know, the one that wears the band T-shirt to the bands show. Same rule for theme parks.
I NEVER wear the competitor's shirt to the parks, but I will wear a shirt from a different Disney park at WDW.
I wouldn't wear competing parks. No Kings Dominion shirts at Busch Gardens. But we don't have many sister park scenarios here in VA like down in Florida.
FYI, I did not know the rule about not wearing a band's shirt to their concert. This intrigues me.
I don't own a single amusement/theme park shirt nor do I possess any concert t-shirts, so I guess I won't have to worry about looking out of place or offending anyone.
Back in the 80's (when our ages were in single figures), my brother and I visited Disneyland wearing a competitors shirt.
I don't really buy theme park T-shirts, but I have a number that I got at special events (mostly at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott's Berry Farm, but a few other places as well). For those, I keep them to the chain that hosted the event, including the host park. However, I won't wear a shirt for a Six Flags event at a Cedar Fair park, and vice versa (although when the event was co-hosted it counts for both chains). At other major parks, I usually prefer to wear general fan club shirts over park specific shirts, and I don't have any specific rules when it comes to non-major parks.
Call me an old stick in the mud, but I dont believe in paying to be a billboard....
Following those rules, would you not be allowed to wear a Marvel shirt in Universal Orlando and WDW?
Oh God, not this again. "Rules" for wearing T-shirts at a theme park?? Gimme a break. The only rule that makes any sense to me is "don't wear something totally offensive", since a park is a family place. Aside from that, I'm not going to pay $25 and up for a T-shirt and then labor under silly and arbitrary rules for wearing it.
I also try not to wear a shirt of the park I am visiting. The only exception is if it is a special events shirt, i.e. MNSSHP. I also only buy shirts/hats that I have not seen a lot of people wearing.
First off, Robert, my husband and I have NEVER worked for Disney but it seems that EVERY (and I do mean every) time we go (up to 6 times per year) we get asked directions, ride times, where is the (fill in the blank). I don't necessarily think it has anything to do with cast member stink but "Oh look! Those people aren't using a guidebook and they look like they know what they are doing!" look about us all.
Maybe I'm a dork (but aren't all theme park fans?) but I don't understand not wearing the same theme park shirt as the one you are visiting. I always thought it says that you are a fan. I lived most of my several decades in Southern CA and am a diehard Disneyland fan, and I do have quite a few t-shirts from there, which I wore when I visited (ah the horrors!). Since pretty much the only park I went to was Disneyland or DCA, where else was I supposed to wear them? I also have a few jackets from those chilly So Cal nights when I forgot to bring my own and bought one there. So now I have a lot of Disneyland apparel and no place to wear it, as I am living in east TN and the nearest theme park is Dollywood. I love Dollywood (highly recommend, very pretty, nicely themed) but I wouldn't insult Dolly by wearing a mouse to her house. I thought that was the proper etiquette. Had no idea there were other rules. All those years I was a big dork at Disneyland and never knew. Can't wait to wear all of them at Disney World now.
I work at UOR, and I'll be keeping an eye out for you with the BSG shirt. Really wish I could make it out to singapore, or even Japan before they close BTTF.
I suppose I really don't have any rules other than you can't wear a shirt for a ride you haven't ridden. I have no qualms about wearing a shirt to the park it represents or to a competitor's park.
I just wore an Epcot shirt to Disneyland two weeks ago and got some recognition by an employee at DCA(Cars Land, specifically). I've also worn a Disney-MGM studios and Animal Kingdom shirt to Disneyland. I have about 4 or 5 shirts. I like the vintage style ones, such as the aforementioned Epcot one and a Sea World shirt I recently bought. I'm hoping Universal releases one with the old colorful Universal Studios logo from the early 90's(such as the one from the fountain just outside the entrance/exit of USH) in vintage style
This is silly. You buy a T-shirt because you like the place or person/s......you wear the shirt because you like or love the place or persons......you wear it anywhere you want too.....Isn't that simple? I am a 65 year old lady who wears her Disney shirts anytime , any place I want and that includes the place I bought them from!!!
Well, we pretty much just visit the Disneyland Resort at this time in our lives, and we almost always visit both parks while we are there. So, if I feel inclined to wear my park-themed attire to the parks, I'm going to break that same-park rule for sure.
I agree with you Chad H. I refuse to pay for a shirt with an add on it. If they want a billboard, they should pay us.
My boyfriend loves wearing themed shirts to each Disney park and I think it's very cute. For example, he will wear a Lion King movie shirt to Animal Kingdom, a funny Donald shirt to Magic Kingdom and a Muppets Animal shirt to HS. I love his enthusiasm and though I normally don't wear a Disney shirt to the parks, I do plan my outfit to be related to the park, like wearing something jungle inspired in Animal Kingdom. I equate it to wearing a jersey to a sporting even--It's just another way to show your Disney pride :-)
There is an exception to the T Shirt rule at Knott's Scary Farm's Halloween Haunt. If you are a veteran of the event it is considered a mark of honor to wear to the event a past year's Haunt shirt. The further back, the more impressive. However, it is considered a tad gauche to wear the current year's shirt at that same event.
I never really think about it. Well, sometimes. The first time I went to Islands in Orlando I wore my "Green Eggs & Ham" shirt. Which wasn't bought there...just a favorite shirt of mine. Being a huge Harry Potter fanatic, you will find me in Slytherin shirts with or without Hogwarts there. Same goes for my obscure character drawing of Lady Deathstrike, which I was quite impressed "Cyclops" knew it, "Wolverine" didn't. At Disney I have always been a fan of the drawings or just classy looking shirts. But I put on shirts without thought other than "will this become see through when wet" or "is this thin enough for the heat".
I for one don't buy the shirts, I'm not a billboard. What I don't get is adults wearing kiddyshirts and Micky ears (the only exaptions are the just merias copples with the wedding ears). Yes I know themeparks bring out the kid in you and that is probably the reason to look like a kid and eat kids food but it's not for me.
I worked in business sectors that frown when their brand and marks are used improperly. For example: large groups who mark their day at a park by using the park's or resort logo and some of their very-protected marks such as Mickey,Harry, etc. I'm sure that they did not ask for a waiver from group sales or the park's marketing folks. Its like folks bringing in their own food and drink to a large scale. The parks don't say anything now, but I'm sure that some employees who are tasked to market the parks and protect their intellectual property wan to have a bonkers episode when they see this happening. A friend of mine who is a tour operator, has to submit all his marketing materials whenever they include any logos, marks and verbiage that are the property of the park in question - so I personally have no objection on the one hand, however, the violation of someone else's rights (even if it is a major corporation) just doesn't seem to be fair. I know that the groups have paid their way in and are extended the same privileges of entry that anyone else is; however, if the rules get bent to far, then a groundswell of backlash could occur.
I'm not really sure how I fel about wearing the same company T shirt in another one of the company's theme parks, I really haven't ever
When I actually get to go to Disneyland I want to be in "uniform" for my park visit. How often are you actually going to wear a $25 Mickey etc shirt except at the park? It is all part of the fun. However I do think it is kind of bad form to wear another park's shirt.
I am British and was visiting SoCal so when I went to Six Flags Majic Mountain I wore a Blackpool Pleasure Beach t shirt. That got a lot of interest from cast members and I felt it would not offend as the parks are 6000 miles apart and on different continents.
My wife has forbidden me from wearing my Grumpy t-shirts outside the house, and I don't own any Universal themed t-shirts, so I don't have the problem of worrying about which shirt to wear to which park.
I wear whatever shirt I feel comfortable in. Sometimes they are shirts from WDW when I am in WDW or shirts from Disneyland in WDW. But my favorite shirts are ones that I bought at the Disney Store (before its many reincarnations)near my home. I tend to wear the shirts that I bought at the Disney Store in WDW and the shirts I bought in WDW at home. This is especially true when I buy a shirt depicting a particular ride-Tower of Terror's "I suggest you take the stairs" etc.
I agree, no shirt of the park I am in or a direct competitor. But something relevant, either from the same brand or non-competing similar event. But I also like to wear the same shirt every time. I have 3 shirts now that I always wear to Disney. They are unique and make my photos hysterical. I have pictures of me with my wife in Disney World from before we got married, and I am wearing the same shirt pushing a stroller with my twins, and the same shirt chasing my toddlers around. I met Ariel with my daughter as a baby, and at 3 years old, and at 6. And I am in the same hdeous shirt.
I just always where my ACE shirt, and ECC baseball hat,nobody minds! :)
I once wore my Disneyland t-shirt at MK, and a cast member at an attraction jokingly told me I couldn’t ride because I was wearing it :)
Apparently some folks didn't read the entirety of Robert's post, since he explicitly acknowledges this is a silly topic. But I guess the folks who want to feel better about themselves for "not being a billboard" need their self-esteem boost. Good on y'all.
Sorry for the double post, but I also needed to commend Robert for giving me the childhood flashback with Orange Bird. I couldn't quite place it, but a Google search found an image of those distinctive Orange bird cups and I had a mini-freakout. I hope that merchandise is still readily available in October when I finally make it back down to Disney.
Your rule about not wearing the park T-shirt to the same park is just weird. Before DCA, it was just Disneyland. I remembered when I was kid, I wore a Disneyland T-shirt to Disneyland because that was the only place we went and can afford. There was no separate trip to Walt Disney World.
Wow so many good points we are all making.
Sorry I almost forgot I do have to agree (sort of)with the arguement of not wearing the same Park t-shirt at the same park. Due to the fact you may get confused with as a cast member. I think it can be worst if you are wearing a polo style or Golf style shirt... I have be asked countless times for assistance in Disney retail stores for help when I have worn my DCL golf shirt. It was funny at first but it gets annoying.
My only rule is not wearing a competitior's shirt.
I have a very strict and unyielding rule when it comes to wearing theme park tees:
I can understand an employee not wishing to wear a shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Park they work in but for everyone else there shouldn't be any such self imposed restrictions.
I remember last year wearing a vintage style Mickey T-Shirt to Islands of Adventure. I didn't mean for it to happen. It is just you know how vacations are; you start to get to the end of your clean clothes pile and in that Florida heat and humidity, you go through the clothes fast. So I was left with a new vintage Mickey T that my four year old daughter picked out for me at a store that week. I threw it on and we were out the door. I was teased non-stop by park employees. Which was fun and lighthearted at first but eventually got annoying.
Like Anthony said,
I enjoy wearing vintage tees from attractions that no longer exist or re-themed in parks. T-shirts such as Back to the Future and Dueling Dragons. It's my way of showing my long term support!
I realized that it might be a good idea to wear a Universal Spiderman T-shirt at Disney. Disney is not in position to complain about it. Disney owns Marvel.
I guess some people forgot to read the part that this is a silly topic and they're self-imposed rules?
I stopped wearing t-shirt with designs and football/baseball jerseys when I grew up. The families that all wear the same shirts look absolutely ridiculous and I am thankful I wasn't raised in a home where that was something we were expected to do.
"I guess some people forgot to read the part that this is a silly topic and they're self-imposed rules?"
LMAO, i have had this conversation many times before. i actually plan what i am going to wear to parks, i ALWAYS wear competing shirts to other parks, Disney at Cedar, cedar at Six Flags, Etc.. It ALWAYS sparks conversations with others while waiting PATIENTLY in line at rides, we compare experiences about Parks, rides, Food, hotels etc.
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