The Disney Parks Blog just posted some new guidelines on what to wear on your visit to Galaxy’s Edge, detailed below, but they made some surprising choices that blur the lines between Disney Bound and costume, making it even more confusing in some ways as to what guests can and cannot wear into the new land.
Disney’s policies on this seem to be changing frequently and are largely up to the subjective and inconsistent opinion of individual security Cast Members.
If you’re unsure if an item or your look adheres to Disney’s policy, we suggest checking out the Costume Policy and Disney Bounding sections of our FAQ for more details and there’s also a way to check and get pre-approval with Disney Guest Services to guarantee there aren’t any issues or last-minute surprises during your visit.
In these early days of the land being open, it’s always best to play it on the safer side with your look, editing out or finding replacements for any questionable items, possibly bringing a backup outfit to change into if needed and scheduling extra time to return to your hotel or car with an item that’s denied entry at security so you don’t have to throw it away. We’d suggest possibly parking in the Mickey and Friends garage since security there is closer to your vehicle if you need to return an item.
If you believe you’re following Disney’s guidelines and still denied access, have an issue at security, or are approached by security inside Galaxy’s Edge, would politely show them the Disney Parks Blog article, ask what violates the costume policy, and ask to speak to a Security lead and/or Guest Services and going through all of that again. As frustrating as the whole situation can be, the security people are just doing their job to keep us all safe and they may not have been made aware of the latest updates of what seems like a frequently changing set of rules.
The new guidelines from Disney Parks Blog state: “For off-worlders visiting Batuu and dressing in attire befitting their stories, the current Disneyland Resort costume policy remains in effect in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While costumes may not be worn by guests 14 years of age or older, appropriate bounding—dressing in outfits inspired by Star Wars—is permitted. The following guidelines will help you arrive
Permitted attire includes:
- Bounding: piecing together traditional clothing items that when worn together, serve as a recognizable tribute to Star Wars characters
- Batuuan attire: wearing outfits inspired by the villagers of Batuu—muted tones, vests, layers, etc.
Not permitted attire includes:
- All robes or military-style attire
- Masks, face paint, elaborate headwear, blasters or holsters (lightsabers are allowed) or hard items such as body armor, helmets or kneepads
- Full character suits
In some ways, these new guidelines make what is permitted and not even more confusing. The Rey and Batuuan Villager-inspired tunic looks could easily be construed as costumes or cosplay, which Disney is still saying
Those tunics in particular, popular with Jedi and civilians throughout the Star Wars Galaxy, being permitted is shocking as those were previously thought by most to violate the costume policy. They are clearly not everyday clothing items which is what Disney and others usually define as being required for Disney Bounding. They also look almost exactly like the costumes some of the Cast Members in Galaxy’s
Jedi Robes over those tunics, however, are absolutely not permitted. Even longer layered items like long cardigans that could look like robes are also to be avoided as we’ve seen reports of people be denied entry at security for them.
The “military-style attire” called out as not permitted also raises some questions. The example photos show someone in a full flight suit and combat armor, which we already knew weren’t allowed, but unsure if individual items like a belt, boots, vest or jacket with military
We will continue to try to seek out further clarification on all of this, but in the meantime, again it is probably best to just edit out or find replacements for any questionable items or get pre-approval for them from Guest Services.
We’ve just gone through our Curated Idea Lists on Amazon again and edited out some items we think are questionable based on these new guidelines. Our curated lists are a great place to start when putting together a look for your visit to Batuu!
Update 6/15: A guest yesterday evening was denied access at security for wearing an identical outfit to one of the new permitted
Update 6/17: The official @DisneylandToday Twitter account has responded to a question about guests being denied entry at security while wearing identical outfits to the permitted examples in the Disney Parks Blog article and guidelines saying, “This post provides the best official rules for Disney Bounding at the Disneyland Resort and is from the verified source of the Disney Parks Blog. We also understand that each situation is unique, and our Security team will take that into account when screening Guests.”
This was followed up by them saying, “We’re not sure about the specific circumstances and why you would not be allowed to wear this, but we will certainly pass along your feedback.” Then they again confirmed that the tunic and similar looks are indeed approved for “Disney Bounding” in Galaxy’s Edge.