Guest banned from Disney World character interactions after tearing off Pluto costume

Meeting Characters at a Disney Resort is one of the most popular things to do on vacation. From the wide assortment of interactions, seasonal specials, and rare appearances, Disney characters are a staple of the Disney theme park experience.

And while most of the guests are asking for autographs and striking poses, one cast member has revealed that a Disney park guest ripped Pluto apart with serious consequences.

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At the Walt Disney World Resort, guests can find meet-and-greet characters in Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each Disney Park offers unique experiences for Guests to meet their favorites from Disney Animation and Pixar’s extensive portfolio.

It could be Mickey Mouse, who was joined by Minnie Mouse in early July, on Main Street at the Town Square Theater in the USA, or Anna and Elsa at the Royal Sommerhus inside EPCOT’s World Showcase – the variety and the frequency of interactions with Disney Characters at Walt Disney World Resort are unparalleled at any other theme park.

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However, while interactions with Disney characters are a positive experience for many, one incident banned a guest from meeting characters after ripping a cast member’s Pluto costume. Speaking about her experience as a costumed furry character at Walt Disney World Resort, Jenna Parkany revealed the moment a guest took their time with Pluto too far.

Via Insider:

Interacting with a character inappropriately can mean a one-way trip off Disney property if you really act.

I’ve seen so many interactions, with kids and adults alike, that involve pulling Pluto’s tail or Mickey’s ears. There was even a time when a guest pulled a piece of fur out of my costume and part of my neck was exposed.

After this interaction, the guest was informed that they would not be meeting any more characters for the day.

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Disney takes their entertainment very seriously; much of the theme park empire’s synergistic profile comes from its array of experiences and attractions, which seem to intertwine across the lines of the park, so the idea that a guest can tear one of the most popular characters in the complex, ruining magic for others, and being immediately reprimanded is no surprise.

While in this case it was a guest who damaged a character’s costume, there were many occasions when the costume went wrong without the guest’s involvement – such as what happened to Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris or Mickey aboard the Disney Cruise Line.

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These aren’t just dedicated locations in the park where the characters are based, either. As many know, guests can dine with their favorite characters in an interactive dining experience.

Prior to the pandemic, Disney Parks in Central Florida also offered the popular Disney Character Dining option, with Guests able to choose from a range of interactive food and drink experiences. Soon, guests will be able to enjoy their Disney Character Dining once again, as The Crystal Palace: A Character Buffet Featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends at the Magic Kingdom will return on September 20, “Ohana Best Friend’s Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch at Disney’s Polynesian Resort on September 27 and Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort on October 4.

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What is your favorite interaction with Disney characters? Have you ever witnessed incidents in a Disney park? Let us know in the comments below!

Walt Disney World Resort has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. It also includes two Disney water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, as well as the retail and entertainment area, Disney Springs. A valid ticket is required to enter each park and Park Hopper hours begin at 2:00 p.m. daily.

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