Disneyland's new Star Wars land, Galaxy's Edge, invites guests to roleplay as members of the resistance, first-order, or smuggling industry in a distant galaxy. However, the park demands that guests over the age of 14 not wear costumes, especially those that are too similar to Star Wars characters.
For Star Wars fans, this policy may feel like a cruel imperial mandate, but there is a logic behind Disney Park's long-standing costume policy. Here is the official rule from the Disneyland website:
The current Disneyland Resort Costume Policy applies to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Costumes may not be worn by guests 14 years of age or older. Appropriate Disney bonding – dressing outfits inspired by favorite characters – is allowed.
The unspoken reason for the rule is to ensure the safety of park visitors and not to let malevolent guests misrepresent Disney and its characters.
Consider this scenario. The performers of Galaxy's Edge appear as citizens of the fictional planet Galaxy's Edge, Batuu, along with a handful of legendary characters from the sequel's trilogy, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and Rey. They are available to guests to answer questions, take photos and maintain the illusion of the park.
However, if a costumed guest wished to cause trouble, he could trick other guests into believing that they were the official members of the cast, giving the other guests a bad guide and a general annoyance. It's not hard to imagine a brother disguised as Han Solo, making impudent gestures for the polaroid of an unsuspecting family. Nobody wants this solo.
Fearing bad guests causing trouble, the rest of us can not walk around this meticulous replica of the Star Wars universe and perform our best Luke Skywalker LARP (even if you spend $ 199.99) for a lightsaber to complete the look). This is a frustrating rule, especially as Disneyland sells official costumes in the park. Guests over the age of 14 are requested to wear the costumes only after leaving the park.
As mentioned in the official rules of the park, Disneyland recommends an alternative that has been particularly appreciated by its die-hard fans: Bounding.
This is how Stephie Grob Plante described Disneybounding on our sibling website Racked:
Disneybounding or building an outfit of everyday items around the color palette of the most iconic look of a Disney character has emerged as a trend in 2012 and has gained popularity ever since. As a workaround for Disney's rule prohibiting park visitors over 14 years of prohibiting full costumes, Disneybound began as a Tumblr and flourishes as an Instagram account with 135,000 followers.
I assume there will be more Disney blogs teaching guests How do I engage when I visit the park? Here's an example from the WDW magazine that turns a Stormtrooper costume into a sporty casual look.
I am sad that I can not visit Galaxy's Edge in my perfect Lobot costume, yet I look forward to the rise of the Dark Vader Health Goths.