Were a Mother and Daughter Banned From Disneyland for "Mouse Boobs"?

Debunking the Revealing Photo

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the Model of the Disney Dream at the Disney Dream Preview Event
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the Model of the Disney Dream at the Disney Dream Preview Event in New York. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Disney Dream Model (c) Linda Garrison

A mother and daughter were supposedly "banned for life" from Disneyland (or Disney World) because they wore t-shirts with Mickey Mouse boobs. Was the viral photo of them actually taken in a Disney theme park?

Did a Mother and Daughter Expose Their Breasts?

Were these women, evidently a mother and daughter, really kicked out of Disneyland or Disney World for wearing Mickey Mouse-themed cutout t-shirts exposing their breasts? No. The photo above wasn't taken in either place. Look more closely at the details: Note the Mardi Gras beads around the man's neck, the plastic cup of beer in the younger woman's hand, and the "Tricou House" restaurant sign behind the lot of them. The pic was clearly snapped on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, not in a Disney theme park. People don't walk around with bared breasts and alcoholic beverages in Disneyland. It isn't done. It wouldn't be allowed.

The image, of unknown origin, has been making the Internet rounds for ages (since 2005, at least), sometimes captioned as per below, other times captioned more accurately, and often accompanied by ribald comments. The identities of the folks in the photo remain unknown as well.

Disney's Definition of Inappropriate Attire

Is it truly the case that someone could be banned for life from Disneyland or Disney World for dressing this way? The "for life" part seems rather dubious, but according to the Disneyland Resort Park Rules posted on Disney.com, guests may indeed be ejected from Disney theme parks for "inappropriate attire." Here are the specifics:

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs, are not permitted. Special events may have additional attire guidelines.

According to a Disney Parks FAQ page (not currently accessible), the definition of "inappropriate attire" includes the following: "Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics," "excessively torn clothing," and "clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment."

As an aside, unless you're a child of 10 or under, you're also not allowed to wear any costume too closely resembling that of a Disney character. In April 2010, a mother and daughter were banned from Disneyland Paris for wearing matching princess costumes during their visit!

Sample Email About "Mouse Boobs"

Here's an email contributed by Suzanne S. on Jan. 29, 2007:

FW: Mother and daughter banned from Disneyland ...lol
YEP - Those are their real boobs!!!


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