Q: I am a cast member working with Disneystore.com in Memphis, Tennessee. I was wondering why cast members from different business units have different nametags. Here at the Disney Store we have the double bubble, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts have a single bubble, and I noticed Corporate has no bubble. Is there a story why these badges are different?
Tim, Memphis, Tennessee
A: There have been hundreds of different cast nametags since they were first introduced in 1962. The shape has varied, depending on the needs and desires of the individual unit. I assume the Parks’ “bubble” at the top of the nametag provided a space for the cast member to place a years-of-service pin. Wearing a nametag is not common at the Disney Studio, where there is little interaction with the public, but a nametag is part of the costume for the Parks and Disney Store cast members.