On Theme Park Insider, we typically don't cover celebrity visits to theme parks, and Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan just illustrated why.
Earlier this week, this photo of Corgan not looking liking the happiest person on Earth vent viral. Alternative Nation posted a comment from Corgan at a VIP Q&A that perfectly describes the reason we feel so much apathy about celebrities in the parks:
"I’m at f***ing Disneyland. I just want to hang out at Disneyland. I’m not here to do a meet and greet, I’m here to be at Disneyland. You know what I’m saying? But it’s almost like, ‘Well you’re here, and I’m here, and because I’m on my vacation, your vacation, you’re part of my vacation.’ It’s like, I’m not working, and I wasn’t being unpleasant, I wasn’t being rude. I was taking pictures with people, I took a picture with every person that asked. But then it gets into, what’s in your head? Like, you’re not smiling enough, or you don’t seem to be enjoying – and I’m like, what the f*** do you want from me?"
I dealt with plenty of celebrities when I worked at the Magic Kingdom. And most of them were just there to have a good time. So let them!
Yes, there are a few C-list celebrities who seem to be making a habit of showing up at Disneyland on a regular basis for the apparent purpose of showing up in as many fans' Instagram feeds as possible. Unlike Corgan, they are working when at Disneyland, but for the sake of consistency, let's just agree to ignore them, too.
Hey, it's perfectly normal to notice famous people when you see them in public. Be nice, smile, and if you get the opportunity (meaning that you aren't stopping or interrupting them), go ahead and thank them for the entertainment they've given you over the years, if you're inclined. Most people appreciate a compliment on their work. If they seem amenable to a photo at that point, go ahead and ask.
But if the celebrity is walking, talking to someone else, trying to watch a show or to eat, or in any other way indicates that he or she would prefer not to be interrupted, let them be and don't take it personally. And don't criticize them for wanting to be left alone. Celebrities in the parks are people with a job who happen to be on vacation, just like you. You don't want people from work interrupting your day at the parks, so try not to interrupt theirs, either.Tweet
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