Here’s why you will never see a Disney theme park employee point with one finger
DID your mum ever tell you it’s rude to point? Well it turns out that 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… known as “the Disney point.”
The reason is that Disney parks get visitors from all over the world every single day.
Some of these visitors come from countries where pointing with one finger is considered pretty much as rude as flicking the V sign, 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.
Walt was a prolific smoker and used to get through around three packs of fags every day.
This meant he was always gesturing with two fingers – because a cigarette was dangling between them.
In an effort to hide this habit from the kids who visited his parks, Disneyland started to doctor the the pictures and edit the cigarette out.
This meant that Walt always looked like he had a strange two finger point in every image.
The two finger point isn’t the only strict rile when it comes to Disney Parks and manners.
Strict rules banning any kind of negativity in front of customers means that their hands are tied when faced with a diva guest.
So employees have had to be creative, coming up with genius catchphrases that sound friendly – but are actually full of venom.
So if you ever hear a Disney employee bid you farewell with the words, “Have a magical Disney day” – know you’ve done something seriously wrong.
In Disney talk, that’s 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,” and it was further confirmed by two former theme park employees.