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Old 04 March 2007, 11:31 PM
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Fight It's a Dangerous World for Disney Characters

Forget a small world. It can be a dangerous world for Disney characters dressed in costume.

According to an analysis of injury reports by the Orlando Sentinel, performers at Walt Disney World's four Orlando theme parks reported enough injuries in 2005 to affect more than a third of the workers that portray characters.

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Old 06 March 2007, 12:50 PM
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People always seem shocked when I mention that characters get beaten up. I guess this puts things in a whole new light.
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Old 06 March 2007, 12:58 PM
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People always seem shocked when I mention that characters get beaten up. I guess this puts things in a whole new light.
How so? The (admittedly threadbare) article doesn't mention anything about people getting beaten up on the job? I can easily imagine a trip or a shove resulting in an injury in one of those huge mouse costumes or whatever but how much light is being shed here on deliberate malicious attacks?
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Old 06 March 2007, 01:15 PM
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How so? The (admittedly threadbare) article doesn't mention anything about people getting beaten up on the job? I can easily imagine a trip or a shove resulting in an injury in one of those huge mouse costumes or whatever but how much light is being shed here on deliberate malicious attacks?
People just tend to be surprised that characters get injured by guests purposefully.
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Old 07 March 2007, 12:19 AM
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How so? The (admittedly threadbare) article doesn't mention anything about people getting beaten up on the job? I can easily imagine a trip or a shove resulting in an injury in one of those huge mouse costumes or whatever but how much light is being shed here on deliberate malicious attacks?
Heck, when I wasn't doing anything as glamorous as Disney mascots, one of our people got a concussion from the hooligans kids beating him up, another got chased by flyswatters and there were always kids that were just too exuberant and could hurt you as they launched themselves toward you. The lack of peripheral vision, the strange weight distribution, and the desire of some people to have to be "cool" in front of their "friends" and you end up with a surprisingly dangerous job.

Add the belovedness and loathedness of Disney and I'm not surprised they get hurt far more often.

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Old 07 March 2007, 11:58 AM
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Jay, if you want a couple of examples...

I was put in a choke hold by a father (I was Mickey) because he thought it would be funny to have a picture of Mickey and him like that. I had a bruise across my neck because he went UNDER Mickey's chin and onto my neck.

Just this past summer, my hand was almost crushed because a teenager (a tall, muscular teenager) thought it would be funny to see how hard he could squeeze Mickey's hand. I was lucky I got away with just bruising on a couple of the bones in my hand.

Kids also like to punch characters.

Oh, and don't get me started about that day over last summer when people jumped Mickey, Pluto and Stitch to try to take off their heads. The characters were livid, and one of them actually had to go to the health center because of her neck injuries.

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You should be packing one of those cartoon bang-flag guns!
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Old 08 March 2007, 02:48 PM
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Default I never worked at Disney, but...

I did work at Chuck E. Cheese in the mid 80's and I had my hands crushed by show-off dad's, kids repeatedly hit my in the groin, they would pull my tail, pound me in the stomach, punch my head, sometimes they would grab on to the protruding teeth on the head and hang.

It was brutal!
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When Disney mascots are attacked can't they sue for assault? And why doesn't Disney assign more bodyguards?
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When Disney mascots are attacked can't they sue for assault?
Disney suing kids who visit their theme parks -- that ought to do wonders for their image.

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My daughter used to portray Rafiki in the Magic Kingdom, but one rotten kid (she guessed he was about 12) came up to her flailing his arms and doing pretend savate kicks. She edged away but he still connected with her knee, causing her some days of pain. She was upset that her escort was chatting with another employee and didn't immediately come to her aid.
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Disney suing kids who visit their theme parks -- that ought to do wonders for their image.

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Not the little kids obviously, but the teens and adults who should know better. Even if you are a paying guest if you assault another person and cause injury your victim should have the same right to demand compensation as anyone else.
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Disney suing kids who visit their theme parks -- that ought to do wonders for their image.

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No, criminals facing charges for assault.

If a guest headlocked, or otherwise attacked, another guest in the park, would Disney refuse to allow the victim to press charges?

Why should it be any different for an employee who is attacked?

Or, on a slightly different subject, for attacks by athletes during a game to not be treated as the crime they are?

It totally frustrates me that Society has children charged with sexual harrassment or assault for hugging or kissing classmates or teachers, and overlook actual assaults on Disney employees or by athletes.

Totally misplaced priorities.
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Another major part of it is how quickly after the assault the character needs assistance, how badly the performer is injured (i.e. hospital or health center, that minute or the next day, etc), and how purposeful it seemed to have been. The most common reaction is that Disney will have the guests removed from the park and sometimes have the tickets revoked. I know of other repercussions that have occurred, but I'd rather not go into those.
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No, criminals facing charges for assault.
Lawsuits and criminal prosecutions are two very different things.

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If a guest headlocked, or otherwise attacked, another guest in the park, would Disney refuse to allow the victim to press charges?
a) The victim wouldn't need Disney's permission to press charges.

b) That scenario wouldn't involve Disney as a plaintiff or defendant.

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Old 08 March 2007, 08:50 PM
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What's really ridiculous are the adults that go and do something that could injure a character performer, and then use the defense of "There's got to be a lot of padding in that," "they're a character, they don't feel pain," or "C'mon...it was just a joke!"

Oh, the rants I could go on about other kinds of assault...
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Oh, the rants I could go on about other kinds of assault...
Something like this, perchance?
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Something like this, perchance?
something like that...
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i am laughin' at that o' so true quote of urs.
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