Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:11 PMI 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:11 PMI 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 have no qualms about wearing competitor's shirts. I can almost understand Robert's Disney/Universal rule, because of their proximity in FL and CA. However, I wear my El Toro shirts to KD, Hershey, and anywhere else, just like I've worn my Son Of Beast and Millennium Force shirts to non-Cedar Fair parks. Most often this year, I've been wearing either my Walking Dead shirt or one of my Coasting For Kids shirts.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PMI 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.
My bigger rule is to try to pick shirts that are interesting, unique, and maybe a bit subtle. I hardly ever buy the "stats" shirts, and instead usually opt to get more conceptualized versions of attractions. For example I have an Expedition Everest shirt that has a snow swept mountain with some torn track and a giant hidden Mickey in the background. There are no words on the shirt at all, but to fans it is immediately recognizable.
Anyway, just some thoughts...
Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:30 PMDon't be THAT dude. You know, the one that wears the band T-shirt to the bands show. Same rule for theme parks.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:41 PMI NEVER wear the competitor's shirt to the parks, but I will wear a shirt from a different Disney park at WDW.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 12:47 PMI 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 1:01 PMFYI, I did not know the rule about not wearing a band's shirt to their concert. This intrigues me.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 1:53 PMI 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.
I will say, however, that any family that chooses to outfit all four members (adults included) in "Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4" t-shirts looks absolutely ridiculous. Period.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 2:00 PMBack in the 80's (when our ages were in single figures), my brother and I visited Disneyland wearing a competitors shirt.
Our Jungle Cruise skipper called us up to the front of the boat to see the crocodiles and told the rest of boat they'd be ok as the crocs only ate little boys with Knotts Berry Farm shirts on.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 2:11 PMI 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.
The main rule I follow, however, is this: No matter what park I'm visiting, I always wear some type of theme park related shirt.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 2:21 PMCall me an old stick in the mud, but I dont believe in paying to be a billboard....
Published: August 24, 2012 at 2:23 PMFollowing those rules, would you not be allowed to wear a Marvel shirt in Universal Orlando and WDW?
Published: August 24, 2012 at 4:01 PMOh 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 4:05 PMI 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 4:15 PMFirst 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.
I personally love to wear my Disneyland Hoodies at WDW. I have a beloved Stitch that gets lots of comments on it. Not the reason I wear it but it gets people talking. I don't usually wear any character t-shirts because, well, I just don't wear t-shirts. Hoodies, now that is another creature all together. I usually get caught without a jacket when the temp gets unseasonable cooler. I attempt to get one dated only to remind me of how stupid I was and maybe I might learn my lesson. So far, I have 4. As for my husband, he wears character, not park, shirts. So when we go to any Disney property, Grumpy is the attire for the day. The nice thing about that is that most people will leave HIM alone because, okay let's admit it, he looks Grumpy!
I would NEVER wear a competitor's shirt to a park because I agree, I think it is rude. Why rub it in the employee's face that you went to the OTHER place first.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PMMaybe 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 6:51 PMI 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 6:55 PMI 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.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 7:26 PMI 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
I share many of the same "rules" as well. I saw a family with "Thing" shirts, as from Cat in the Hat, from Universal Studios Hollywood wearing them at Disneyland. It's just kind of weird. I've also seen entire tour groups wearing Mickey Mouse shirts at Universal parks. Funny stuff.
Published: August 24, 2012 at 7:52 PMThis 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!!!
Published: August 24, 2012 at 8:21 PMWell, 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.
One other personal rule I have: If I wear my Dole Whip shirt, then I feel as though I really should enjoy a Dole Whip. :-)
Published: August 24, 2012 at 10:16 PMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 12:48 AMMy 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 :-)
Published: August 25, 2012 at 4:43 AMThere 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.
This year is the 40th anniversary year and I'll be wearing mine from the 30th.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 6:49 AMI 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".
Published: August 25, 2012 at 7:27 AMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 8:20 AMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 8:39 AMI'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
Published: August 25, 2012 at 8:44 AMWhen 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 10:34 AMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 1:01 PMMy 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.
Would I would wear to a park though is a TPI golf shirt. Now, that would be proper attire for any park.
Any chance of you doing another run of TPI shirts, Robert? Put me on the list for an XL if you do.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 2:55 PMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 4:40 PMI 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.
Published: August 25, 2012 at 5:12 PMI just always where my ACE shirt, and ECC baseball hat,nobody minds! :)
Published: August 26, 2012 at 3:23 AMI 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 :)
Published: August 26, 2012 at 8:34 AMApparently 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.
My policy is to not wear park shirts to parks, but sometimes I catch myself doing it without meaning to (mostly when I need cold weather clothes and inadvertently wear a Dollywood hoodie or a Universal fleece). The absolute last thing I would want to be seen as is an enthusiast. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with being an enthusiast. But you don't want to be labeled as one of THOSE enthusiasts. You know who I'm talking about. The guy who stands in line for a coaster complaining about how at (insert park here), they have smoother ride ops and don't stack trains. The guy who freely tells people his credits. No one likes being around those guys, and they're a blight on the enthusiast community. I'd rather look like a dumb member of the GP than be looked at like one of those guys. If you don't have the first clue who "those guys" are, consider yourself lucky.
The one thing that always drove me insane was when I would go to enthusiast events and see the "most obscure t-shirt" contest. It's a variation on the "who has the oldest Halloween Horror Nights shirt" game, where the guy with the Wild Izzy shirt tries to look cooler than the guy with the Banshee shirt. Newsflash - you're both winners in the "I don't want to be seen around these guys" contest.
Published: August 26, 2012 at 8:44 AMSorry 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.
Published: August 26, 2012 at 10:35 AMYour 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.
What does this mean when you park hop? Do you avoid the park if you're wearing a particular park's T-shirt? If I'm wearing a Disneyland T-shirt, do I only visit DCA for the day? This gets complicated when you visit Orlando. Maybe just wear Tokyo Disneyland T-shirts if you have one handy.
As for wearing a Disneyland T-shirt to Universal or Knott's, why not? It might be rude, but to me, I paid to visit Universal and Knott's. I spread my wealth around. If the employees are rude to me, it is their problem. Sorry, I'm visiting the parks at my leisure. I can dictate what I want to wear.
Now, I given up buying the park T-shirts. I prefer to wear plain shirts. My old shirts are at the Salvation Army. Wearing logo shirts are a waste of time and money. There is absolutely no opportunity to wear Disney T-shirts, theme park or generic, outside of visiting the parks.
Published: August 26, 2012 at 11:37 AMWow so many good points we are all making.
Published: August 26, 2012 at 11:48 AMSorry 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.
Published: August 27, 2012 at 5:30 AMI have a very strict and unyielding rule when it comes to wearing theme park tees:
If it is clean and goes with the shorts (95% of the time it's shorts since I live in Orlando) I've picked out, then it is acceptable.
Outside of that, any further thought on the subject is overkill....
On a separate subject entirely: I always use my Disney Visa for purchases everywhere I go to amass my Disney Reward Dollar fortune. Most every time I pull out the card at USF, the cashier at the store looks at me and tells me "wrong card" and I reply in a somewhat cynical fashion "Would you rather have me use the Disney Visa here or use a Universal Studios Visa at Disney?" That usually ends the conversation! :P
Published: August 27, 2012 at 6:47 AMI 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.
Published: August 27, 2012 at 6:54 AMI 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.
Published: August 27, 2012 at 1:48 PMLike Anthony said,
I'll wear a Disney shirt to a Disney park, but my Disney shirts are non theme park specific (vintage mickey, standard character tees, etc.)
I actually like to see all the different "theme park inspired" fashion choices people make.
Overall, I guess I'm of the wear what makes you happy camp,
you're there to have fun!! Sure some may wear a different theme park shirt to a different park, but many times it's just because they're on vacation, & they've recently bought it, so they will put it on!! All in good fun!
Published: August 27, 2012 at 8:40 PMI 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!
Published: August 28, 2012 at 8:02 AMI 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.
Wearing a Transformers and a Harry Potter T-Shirt at Disneyland and a Carsland T-Shirt at Universal would be good cross promotional needling.
Published: August 28, 2012 at 10:50 AMI guess some people forgot to read the part that this is a silly topic and they're self-imposed rules?
Personally, I don't buy Theme Park Shirts unless I'd be willing to wear them outside of the park. But I'm in agreement about not wearing a competitor's shirt to a park.
Only time I've been approached by someone outside of a park while wearing a Stitch shirt was in Hawaii. And it was more of a "I like your shirt bra!"
Published: August 28, 2012 at 11:23 AMI 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.
Published: August 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM"I guess some people forgot to read the part that this is a silly topic and they're self-imposed rules?"
No, I think you forgot that people are talking about the rules and think they are quite silly.
Published: August 29, 2012 at 4:33 AMLMAO, 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.