Published: June 7, 2012 at 9:55 AMAwesome article, I needed a good giggle this morning! Thanks!
Published: June 7, 2012 at 9:59 AMLOL! 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!)
Published: June 7, 2012 at 10:07 AMBest article in a long time. We need more humor in this world (and Disney World as well).
Published: June 7, 2012 at 10:20 AMThat 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.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 10:22 AMGetting 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?
Published: June 7, 2012 at 10:46 AMMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party would like to have a word with this rule.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 11:07 AMI 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.
But that said, surely there was a more "Disney" way of doing this - it shouldnt have taken 3.5hrs, take em somewhere nice, say we appreciate the effort, but we're worried you'll get mixed up with staff and we can't have that, can we offer you a ride to a hotel to change, or an gift shop outfit (as ended up happening), etc. All in all a solution should have been decided and agreed in minutes.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 11:37 AMI 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.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 11:49 AMThis 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!
Published: June 7, 2012 at 12:41 PMChad, 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.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 12:49 PMAwesome, Robert, awesome! Loved the part about the Universal lawyer protecting Universal's Marvel rights...LOL.
Hate to see a girl cry, but have to agree with Disney on this one.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 3:33 PMBuried in work today I was unaware of the original incident, so you really had me going for a bit!
Brilliant, Mr. Niles!
As for the Tink wannabe who was "the victim", goodness she can turn on the water works, eh? You'd think she just lost her best friend in an elevator accident on Tower of Terror. Honestly, if this "incident" is the worst thing that ever happens to her, she will have lived a life of bliss. Come join the rest of us in the real world, sweets, where heartbreak is just another event in an otherwise average week.
Published: June 7, 2012 at 4:51 PMI am not sure how it is a secret that adults can't wear costumes to Disney Parks (except for Halloween).
I knew it was fake when Le Celliler reservation was demanded. Anybody who knows its that good knows they need a reservation.
I will say that I thought Disney was very accommodating. Free clothes from Disney? Wow!
Published: June 8, 2012 at 6:18 AMChad, 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.
Having said that, watching the girl's interview was painful, she's either a bad actress, or she needs to seriously reorder her life priorities!
Published: June 8, 2012 at 6:41 AMI'm not sure at what point I realized this was a spoof, but I thought it was legit when patrons' names were given...
Published: June 8, 2012 at 9:04 AMGeez, are you people blind?
Haha, I love funny stories with a lesson. And the lesson is... dressing like a Disney character at Disney can get you caught, but dressing like an undercover USO lawyer won't.
Published: June 10, 2012 at 12:45 PMRobert, don't give The Mob any ideas...