Disneyland opened in 1955 and since opening day, each cast member has worn a name tag. Some without an actual name printed, but all wore a tag. Here’s a great set of photos taking you through the basic name tags of the past and present. They have certainly morphed, but more or less have kept the same familiar shape. Of course there are many, many themed badges for special events, birthdays, marketing messages, contractors, etc., but you can always tell a real cast member badge from the promotional varieties.
This metal tag was used from opening day in 1955 through the early 1960s. In the late 1950s if the full name was imprinted, it signified a salaried worker or area supervisor. These with the full name were not as common.
This metal tag was used from opening day in 1955 through the early 1960s. This was the most common tag and was worn by all hourly workers.
This is how the tags looked from the early 1960s through the late 1970s. There were varying colors but the longer oval – including Sleeping Beauty’s castle – became the norm.
This tag is from 1970s, continuing with the longer oval shape and Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
In the late 1970s through early 1980s the tags changed again. Now a wider oval allowing – we think – for more printable space for easier readability.
Beginning in the early/mid 1980s we see the familiar “bump” on the top of the oval appear which remains to this day, (a throwback to the original shape of the first metal badge with the logo riveted to the top). This allows plenty of space for the cast member’s name, while giving extra space above for logo placement.
Embellishments and logo changes continued but utilizing the same shape. Here is a tag from the newly formed Disneyland Resort from 2001.
Currently you’ll see the same familiar form with the castle, the park name and the marketing message (this is from the last marketing message prior to Limited Time Magic).
DID YOU KNOW: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground was the first hotel outside of Disneyland to mimic the oval name badge? Since we are an original neighbor to Disneyland and one of the only remaining historical hotels, we thought it would be a wonderful homage. Featuring a logo with our original orange, pitched-roof HoJo Restaurant our tradition began in the late 1980s and only recently changed to an all black tag.
We hope you have enjoyed this little walk down memory lane. Since our beloved Howard Johnson is turning 50 next year, we take our area history VERY seriously. Look for more history related posts!
Are you visiting Disneyland and want the perfect family hotel that’s closer to the theme parks than TWO of Disney’s own hotels? Look no further than the TripAdvisor fan favorite, the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground! FIVE time award winner in the category “Top 25 Hotels for Families in the United States“.