'C'mon, can't you make an exception, just for me?'*
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Thousands of costumed Disney fans overwhelmed cast members at the four Walt Disney World theme parks this morning, in an uprising inspired by a local teenager.
The fans were demanding free Disney apparel and unlimited Fastpasses in exchange for their costumes, insisting that they should be entitled to the same deal as 15-year-old April Spielman and her family received from Disney last weekend.
"I saw on TV that some girl got to skip the lines because she broke a rule, so I want to do that, too," said 12-year-old Dwayne Garcia of Winter Park. Garcia was dressed as Mowgli from Disney's Jungle Book, wearing only a loincloth while waiting in line to enter Disney's Animal Kingdom, the park where Spielman and her family had been detained.
Garcia said that if the costume he was wearing did not earn him the free front-of-the-line passes, he would try not keeping his hands and arms inside a ride vehicle at all times instead.
Other visitors targeted different Disney admission rules.
Susan Fox and Mandy Rice of Celebration said that they'd been drinking since 4am, trying to become so intoxicated that Disney would reward them with a free Disney Dining plan to sober them up.
"To hell with a free T-shirt, I want a free steak at Le Cellier," Rice said, just before passing out at the Epcot turnstiles.
The gathering attracted the attention not only of local television stations and law enforcement, but representatives of rival theme parks, as well. Undercover Universal Orlando lawyers infiltrated the crowd, with Tasers in hand, ready to subdue any visitors dressed as Marvel characters before they could be seen inside a Disney theme park.
"A deal's a deal," said one Universal lawyer who refused to give his name, before sprinting through the Hollywood Studios parking lot after a visitor dressed as Iron Man.
Local television camera crews ultimately had call police for help in escaping Disney property, as thousands of angry Disney visitors blocked their retreat, demanding that the stations air sympathetic stories about them, too.
"Put me on TV!" the crowd chanted, as Florida Highway Patrol officers attempted to clear a path through the Magic Kingdom parking lot.
Walt Disney World officials could not be reached for comment, as they'd all split town for the Cars Land press event at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim next week.
(*Note: If you haven't figured it out already, this story is a spoof. But the incident that inspired it was very real.)
Awesome article, I needed a good giggle this morning! Thanks!
LOL! What's funny is that I can see this being a real article somewhere! Ooooh, I actually hope that the Taiwanese News makes a CG reenactment of this story! (not the Tinker Bell one, but the one on TPI!)
Best article in a long time. We need more humor in this world (and Disney World as well).
That story was so ridiculous. She should be honored that they thought she looked good enough to kick out! Tinkerbell would NEVER put up with a rival...Love the article.
Getting free stuff is rare and you really have to work for it. I prefer to get free stuff from working the system. How about getting a job at Disney (anywhere) and get comped into the park?
Great story, just hope it doesn't inspire people to really try it :)
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party would like to have a word with this rule.
I can kinda understand Disney's side on the original issue, even if it does seem mean - ultimately they do have to ensure that their image is protected, and that CMs arent confused with customers, etc.
I LOLed the whole time! I think that the girl should have know everyone 10 and up can't dress up unless it is Star Wars Weekends or MNSSHP.
This problem is NOT limited to the Walt Disney World resort! Imagine if people started showing up at Universal Orlando dressed as valet parking attendants! Universal hotel guests would end up spending twice the daily rate they normally have to fork over while staying in hotel rooms that cost them hundreds and hundreds of dollars a night!
Chad, I wouldn't jump to too many conclusions on how Disney handled it. Working in a customer-service related role myself, I've seen a good share of disappointed customers/clients/guests turn a very minimal situation into a huge drama because they didn't get their way. Throw in a news outlet trying to make a story, and you just might get a few exaggerations along the way. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I'd imagine Disney has this happen often enough that they have a fairly well established protocol to deal with it.
Awesome, Robert, awesome! Loved the part about the Universal lawyer protecting Universal's Marvel rights...LOL.
Buried in work today I was unaware of the original incident, so you really had me going for a bit!
I am not sure how it is a secret that adults can't wear costumes to Disney Parks (except for Halloween).
Chad, I agree about the more "Disney" way to do this. Sure there's the official policy, but when girls are paying hundreds in the park to be made up to look "just like a Disney princess," and when the must-have item at WWHP is a full-body wizardry uniform, I'd say the parks send mixed messages on this stuff all the time.
I'm not sure at what point I realized this was a spoof, but I thought it was legit when patrons' names were given...
Geez, are you people blind?
Robert, don't give The Mob any ideas...
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