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Disney’s bizarre rule for staff

DID your mum ever tell you it’s rude to point? It turns out Disney theme park bosses took that one rule very seriously.

Disney workers are banned from pointing with one finger when giving directions.

Instead, staff point with two fingers — a gesture known as “the Disney point”.

The reason is that Disney parks get visitors from all over the world every single day, The Sun reports.

Some of these visitors come from countries where pointing with one finger is considered pretty much as rude as flicking the middle finger, so to keep everyone happy, two fingers are used instead.

It also has the added effect of being a throwback to the company’s golden days when founder Walt Disney still roamed the parks.

Disney was a smoker and used to get through around three packs of cigarettes every day.

This meant he was always gesturing with two fingers — because a cigarette was always held between them.

In an effort to hide this habit from the kids who visited his parks, Disneyland started to doctor the photos and edit the cigarette out.

This meant Disney always looked like he had a strange two-finger point in every image.

The two-finger point isn’t the only strict rule when it comes to Disney parks and the manners of the park staff.

There are strict rules banning any kind of negativity in front of customers, which has lead staff to coming up with creative catchphrases to discuss or speak with difficult guests.

One of those catchphrases is “Have a magical Disney day” — which, in Disney talk, is code for “f*** you.”

The phrase was revealed during an AMA on Reddit, when someone said: “I worked for Disney’s Ad Agency for three years and we had some cast members tell us this is what it meant”.

It was further confirmed by two former theme park employees.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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