Theme park characters should walk around the parkInstead of staying on the same spot signing autographs with a long line of kids waiting, they should surprise you at any place.
From Daniel EtcheberryIs it my imagination or did characters walk around the parks in the past? It's more magical than standing in the line and waiting for your turn to say hi to a character who is sitting and surrounded by cast members like if they were bodyguards.
Posted June 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM
When I was at Universal Hollywood, Frankenstein was walking around the park, and he surprised me when he suddenly appeared and shook my hand. Now that was magical!
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Alan HiscuttI think they probably did once upon a time, I remember Doc Brown passing me on his bike at USO.
Posted June 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM
From Bryce McGibenyUniversal is much better about this than Disney. I remember just seeing Woody Woodpecker wandering around Islands of Adventure's Port of Entry. Random place, but still cool. And of course Doc Brown riding around.
Posted June 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM
From Dominick DYou know what Universal needs to do? Add The Dude to the Hollywood characters. It's a Universal movie and it takes place in Los Angeles so why not?
Posted June 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM
From James TrexenThey were nicer times back then until parents developed a "Gimme gimme" attitude and decided that their kids needed to stop the characters in order to satisfy their park-going experience.
Posted June 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM
A wise man once said "Nobody gives a care about the fate of labor so long as they get their instant gratification."
From Joey IActually in Disneyland, the characters do walk around. For example, a lot of times Pinocchio, Mickey and the gang just walk around Main Street. And if you ever see Peter Pan, he NEVER stays in one spot. He runs around the park. Disneyland is the best with characters walking around.
Posted June 23, 2013 at 7:08 AM
From Herwig DelvauxBoth typologies are followed at the same time, with most major parks. Because they serve a different purpose.
Posted July 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Street entertainment is a different section (surprise, the show walks to you), from location entertainment (you walk to the show... meet & greet will always be location entertainment, because the visitors want to know "where" and expect some matching environment.)
From steve leeClearly someone has never seen a Disney character cower in fear of a Brazilian tour group.
Posted July 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM
From Nick McKaigI would be curious as to the point of view of the park when considering having characters move around or staying in one place with a line formed in front of them. Less congestion? A guaranteed picture with a character? There has to be a reason that parks are consistently moving to specific locations with lines.
Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:14 AM
From Mark FairleighIt could be that as guests got more ravenous for pictures it just became easier to have them in one spot. Especially with the summer heat and humidity. Shortens the amount of time the actor is baking in a suit-oven risking medical expenses and/or a lawsuit for the park. You see how guests are these days...a walk would be a sloooow foot by foot progression if not a dead-stop anyway.
Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Stories from a Theme Park Insider
What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive