by David Koenig, contributing writer

Last Monday March 10, Disneyland’s Cast Member Costuming building borrowed a page from the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). Now when a worker picks up a costume, he must walk through a device that looks like an airport metal detector.

The “black monstrosity,” located inside the doorway of the room where the costumes are stored, scans for any costume pieces in plain view—or hidden. Cast members enter the room and find the costume pieces they need (which have all been tagged with electronic chips), then take them to the scanner. They scan their Disney ID, then walk through the scanner to exit.

The scanner differeniates between pieces already checked out and ones not. If someone tries to sneak through an extra shirt or belt, an alarm goes off and they’re nabbed. Costuming cast members staff the scanners in case there is a problem, equipped with wands to provide up-close-and-personal scanning services.

Management says the new system was installed “to make it easier to check out costumes.” Employees are convinced it’s to cut down on the number of costume pieces losses. 

Among the cast member comments overheard:

  • “Did you make it through airport security?”
  • (Sarcastically) “They (management) really trust us.”
  • “I feel like I’m in prison. When do they strip-search us?”

Showing Its Metal

Countless pictures of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor are posted throughout backstage areas at the resort, advertising the “Avengers Super Hero Half Marathon” November 14-16. It’s rumored that Disneyland may use this event to finally introduce its walk-around Iron Man character. Theoretically, he would then begin appearing alongside Captain America and Thor for meet-and-greets in Innoventions.

“The delay in introducing Iron Man to the guests is due to the armor,” shared one insider. “Unlike the armor used in the films, this armor must be comfortable and be able to allow the cast member to suit up fairly quickly, and still look like the real thing.”

Officially, the park is hedging its bets. Instead of advertising that runners will be able to join Iron Man, they’re encouraging contests to “join the Avengers team of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and... Tony Stark.”



  1. By Jeff Kober


    While intrusive, I'm not surprised by the scanner. In different costuming locations at Disney World, your pieces are delivered to you in a similar manner to picking up a dry cleaning suit off of a line. In all situations, accountability for every piece checked out is still required. Given the number of costume pieces I see sold online, it's a shame some Cast Members resort to simply stealing costumes. I am always amazed by the amount of expenses Disney puts into costuming. It's a huge investment.

    Not sure why getting into an Iron Man outfit is any more difficult than getting into a Transformer's outfit. And those seem to be on some stilt device. I would think an Iron Man device is not all that difficult. Still, we take these costumes for granted. They are still very expensive.

  2. By AVP

    I'm pretty sure the use of "Tony Stark" instead of "Iron Man" in runDisney-related marketing has to do more with avoiding any potential trademark conflict with the Ironman Triathlon and related endurance events than any hedging of bets.

  3. By schnebs

    It is just me, or does it seem to anyone else like changing things from the old way of doing things at Disney (one costume issued at a time, costumes weren't allowed to leave the property) caused more problems than it solved?

    Danged new-fangled FastTrack. You kids get off my lawn!

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