Rules for wearing theme park T-shirts, in a theme park
Published: August 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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!