Disneyland, located in the desert bowl of Anaheim, California, gets blistering hot in the summer. Despite promotional material that would have you believe otherwise, the theme park is not close enough to the ocean to benefit from cooling breezes. Sometimes on crowded weekend days in August, there are even lines for a resting spot in the shade. For real, people.
So why has it taken Disneyland 55 years to become enlightened and give its female employees the right to bare legs in the heat? It gets even better: Women can also now wear open-toe shoes and even sleeveless tops -- as long as the shoulder straps are at least three inches wide. Men, by the way, may now wear their shirts un-tucked.
Disneyland spokeswoman said the company reviewed its clothing guidelines, comparing them with the dress codes at other Fortune 500 companies and decided to loosen things up a bit. Walt Disney the man was known for his conservative bent and preference for what he described as the "clean cut" look. The dress codes -- implemented in the '50s -- reflected it.
In other park changes, it used to be that you could rent a stroller with the Disney Visa card by Chase for free. Now strollers rented with the card cost $6 instead of the regular $12 price. Strollers at Disneyland are great for several reasons, none of them having to do with your children. They provide a great place to store bottled water, snacks and lunches, and can be used defensively while navigating your way through the crush of packed bodies. Backpacks just weigh you down.
Want other money-saving tips for your visit?
- Bring as much of your own food and water as you can.
- Make the souvenir shops off limits and instead take lots of photos to remember the shop.
- Get a friend with a California ZIP code to get you the preferred residents' rate and check the local supermarkets, like Von's, that regularly run promotions with cheaper park passes.