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A beard is a wish your face makes: Disney revises facial hair policy

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Disney, for the first time in its fixed and fastidious history, is allowing theme park workers in California and Florida to grow beards and goatees beginning Feb. 3. Princesses, beware of stubble burn.

"Here you leave clean-shaven and enter world of wooly, rough, and whiskered." 

The park personnel prohibition on cultivating facial fuzz began when Disneyland opened in the 1950s, and the policy went unchanged for decades. In 2000, a tweak to allow for mustaches was made, but only if the lip-loungers tufted up over a vacation, and were not developed on Walt's time.

Company officials decided now was a good time to give the hair policy a healthy trim, according to a Disney spokeswoman. 

Follicle fun aside, a new crop of rule changes has also introduced "casual Fridays" to employees that do not interact with park visitors. 

So there you have it. The future. With a little moxie and imagineering, one day even broads will be allowed to wear dungarees, I reckon. 

This development, naturally, opens up a magical world of new character possibilities, like Jiminy Chinstrap, a curious bug who became orphaned when his mother was abducted in a soul patch. Goateedee, the Tweedles' long lost triplet. Duck Van Dyke, Donald's chick magnet brother. And, of course, Mutton Chop, the attention hog who's such a boar. Yawn.

No Sleeping Beauty Bonus: The unshorn will be on display for 24 hours when the park stays open all night in celebration of the 2012 Leap Year. Disneyland will open at 6:00 a.m. on February 29 and stay open to visitors until 6:00 a.m. March 1.