Published: April 13, 2009 at 11:52 AMWell, my name really IS Randy....
Published: April 13, 2009 at 12:21 PMI'm thinking this one is reasonablly "family friendly."
My wife has worked in characters for years. She has played a variety of different characters including Mickey Mouse. Over the years she has made appearances with a bunch of celebrities who have visited the parks. On one occasion, the performer she appeared with was Dolly Parton.
Already everyone reading this knows where it's going.
Now everyone who has seen the character costumes understands that the size of the heads requires the performer inside to be aware of the proximity of the objects and people around them. When a character is posing for photos with children they are constantly working to be aware of what is around them -- so they don't turn too quickly and bump into someone or something ...
... or in this case, some things.
At the appearance (I believe) Ms. Parton was to walk to the center of the stage alone. Then Minnie was to skip over to Dolly from stage left and Mickey was to skip over from stage right. Dolly was to turn to Minnie and very slightly bow. Minnie who would curtsy. Dolly would then turn to Mickey, again bow slightly and Mickey would bow in return.
Now to add a little more "magic" to the story, The whole production was for a press event -- meaning the front row was wall to wall photographers.
Out came Dolly. Out skipped Minnie. Out skipped Mickey. Ms. Parton turned to Minnie and bowed to her curtsy. She turned to Mickey (my wife) who had lost a bit of her awareness about where the head was.
Dolly bowed and Mickey bowed -- placing his nose squarely into Ms. Parton's cleavage.
My wife realized she had bumped into something (again "things"). But when she pulled back what she remembered was about a million camera flashes blowin' up from the press.
Her Minnie (who later backstage laughed uncontrollably) played it off crossing her arms and stomping her yellow pumps.
Published: April 13, 2009 at 12:30 PMI really enjoyed your story Robert, until TH posted his. That was priceless. (And frankly, understanding the physical difficulties in being in character on stage - I have the greatest respect for those performers.) I'm sure Ms. Parton was just wonderful about the incident, since all I've ever heard about her is how genuine she really is. (And the performer in the Minnie outfit deserves kudos for providing the perfect Minnie response.)
Published: April 13, 2009 at 1:51 PMGreat stories guys! Both were hilarious!
Published: April 13, 2009 at 4:14 PMHere's another one from my better-half. A long time ago she was travelling nationally promoting Walt Disney World around the country by portraying Mickey Mouse on various local television shows. While in Chicago, she and some of the other characters were scheduled to appear on 'Bozo's Circus.'
The way she recalls it, the Disney characters were assigned a tiny dressing room and they could hear Bozo and Cookie the clown right outside their door.
Eventually she suited up and stepped out of the dressing room. And there was Bozo. Bozo spotted her and walked right up and shook hands. He started chattering away about how glad he was to have Mickey on his show. My wife (who stayed in character -- not talking) animated an enthusiastic response.
Bozo kept chatting when a production assistant walked up to tell him it was time to get to the set. As my wife reports it, Bozo turned to the production assistant and saind (indignantly), "I beg your pardon, but I am trying to have a conversation with Mickey Mouse."
Published: April 13, 2009 at 4:19 PMOk, so my story isn't as good as the others that have been posted so far, but I still feel like telling my tale of "spreading the magic."
I was a Walt Disney World College Program participant back in spring 2008, and I was assigned to Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom (DAK). It was around early march, so if you've ever worked at Disney you know that's the time when all the cheerleaders are rumbling around the parks while not at their competition. Well it was a Wednesday, which mean it was our evening Extra Tragic Hours, oh I mean Extra Magic Hours, and nobody was on our ride. Half way through, there was a big group of cheerleaders about 16 years of age.
Oh boy...here comes trouble...
They took up 3 rafts back to back to back. I was the only loader on the turntable at the time, so I had the "privilege" of loading each one to their rafts. At this point I should mention I forgot my nametag back at Vista Way, so I had to grab another nametag. Pretty much like Robert said earlier if you have lost your name tag you'd get whatever nametag the Asia managers had to lend. Today was my lucky day...that day I was Marge.
Continuing my story, I was going through my speel to buckle up and put all belongings in the center console, yada yada yada. Well one girl was yelling, "Marge, Marge!"...and I didn't think anything of it, thinking that somebody in the raft was named Marge. But she kept yelling "Marge!!" I completely forgot that I was wearing that nametag and I was Marge, so when we made eye contact I started to laugh and told them that wasn't my real name. She asked what my real name was, and playing along and trying to make small talk (there was a lot of turntable left, so I had time), I asked "What do you think my name is? Guess." She looked me over and...here it comes...she yells:
"You look like a McLovin!!"
Now I know what you're thinking...yes, I am a tall, skinny, white kid, but I don't really think of myself as a McLovin build. Anyway everybody in the raft started busting out laughing. The girl yelled out to the other rafts "Hey! Doesn't he look like McLovin?" And now everybody was giggling, even my fellow cast members were laughing. So they go on their merry way and we wait for them to complete their journey.
When they got back, the rafts were yelling "Hey McLovin!" and "We love you McLovin!". So with me taking advantage of this situation, started to raise my arms telling them to yell louder. Since nobody was in line, they decided to go again. So they leave again, 5 minutes later they come back around and the roars are even louder, screaming for me, McLovin. I play along, by jumping on their rafts and egging them on to keep coming up with stuff. So they leave once more, and me and the fellow cast members are convinced that they'll get tired of the whole McLovin routine and they'll probably get cold and tired of the ride and get off.
We were wrong...
As they rounded the corner coming back to the turntable, we all stop and one cast member looks and asks, "What's that sound? Do you hear that?" Well in the 3 or 4 minutes during the ride, the cheerleaders came up with (what else) a cheer.
"We're ready! We're Ready!! We're Ready...for McLOVIN!!!"
Just as they were coming back to the station, our manager and coordinator come down to the turntable with a confused look on their face. I could only stand there and shrug as these young cheerleaders chanted my fictitious name.
So from there on out through the rest of my program, I was known throughout all of DAK as "The Infamous McLovin."
Published: April 13, 2009 at 5:16 PMhaha that was a nice story Corbin.
Published: April 14, 2009 at 1:32 AMlol, so your temp tag giver says "Do I make you Randy Baby?"
Published: April 14, 2009 at 9:44 AMLOL Gareth I can imagine Robert dressed as Austin Powers!! That Mclovin one was my favourite though!!
I worked in a Disney store in the UK and they made us wear different nametags it must be global policy!!
Published: April 14, 2009 at 11:14 AMI gave walking tours through the Land at Epcot. The one time I lost my name tag was the day my parents came through on my tour. That was a bit awkward to explain!
Published: April 15, 2009 at 1:34 AMAll of these stories have been hilarious.