Disney World Tells Santa Lookalike to Hit the Road

Saturday, December 16, 2006 2:15 PM
just read this article about disney world telling a person that looks like santa to change or leave the park.

article *** Edited 12/16/2006 7:18:10 PM UTC by supermandl***

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 3:18 PM
Funny thing about that is we saw this guy when we were down there this past weekend.

I even pointed him out saying "Man he's got that Santa look down."

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 3:30 PM
Thats sad.

I remember a few years back, cedarpoint had a santa working at castaway bay and they made him shave off his real beard(which looked just like santas) and put on a fake beard because it was not part of there grooming guidlines.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 4:20 PM
I don't blame Disney at all. All parks that have Halloween festivities require that guests in costume don't wear make-up or masks so that the employees can be distinguished from the guests. This guy looks like santa and that's fine but to walk around the park in a Santa hat or other Santa-like garb, he's basically dressed as santa. The park has to be careful because, even though in this instance it was harmless, what if the guy were behaving innapropriately, people would think he was a staff member and hold the park responsible.
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Saturday, December 16, 2006 5:12 PM

crazy horse said:
I remember a few years back, cedarpoint had a santa working at castaway bay and they made him shave off his real beard(which looked just like santas) and put on a fake beard because it was not part of there grooming guidlines.

Is that true? If so, it's the most asinine thing I've ever heard of, and CP deserves every bit of ridicule that goes with it IMO.

-Tambo

Merry Christmas! :)

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Saturday, December 16, 2006 6:00 PM
I actually saw this on TV yesterday afternoon on the news!!!
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Sunday, December 17, 2006 1:18 AM
It's discrimination. He didn't do anything wrong. He wasn't acting badly, or anything. He didn't jump out of a ride, smoke in line, or do something awful. It's really not fair. As he said, it would have been worse for him to say, kids go away.

Why, because the parents would be mad at him. Disney, the happiest place on earth, was mean this day. That's sad. It's just so they can make more money with there Santa. That's what it boils down to.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006 8:25 AM

The Article said:
Jacob DiPietre, a spokesman for Walt Disney World, said Worley was never banned from the park, only asked to stop impersonating the jolly man.

Disney did absolutely nothing wrong. Worley should be ashamed for whoring it up in the media trying to get sympathy.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006 9:57 AM
Does Disney charge for pictures with Santa? Because other than that I can't imagine how they could make money with thier Santa as opposed to someone else. If the guy was in a t-shirt and jeans just walking around and kids thought he was Santa it would be different but, he wore a Santa hat and red shirt. Obviously he knew what would happen. Instead of posing for pictures and acting like Santa he should have said "No I'm not Santa". So some kids would have been dissapointed. They were at a Disney park. I'm sure they were already dissapointed in some way.

I personally would have no problem saying "No I'm not Santa. There is no Santa. Your parents are lying to you. Now leave me alone you deluded little monsters." But, that could be the reason I'm not allowed at the mall anymore.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006 12:18 PM
The article says:"Several of the tiny tots asked if he was Santa Claus, to which he responded, "yes, I am." "He admits he was acting like Santa Claus. Disney had no choice. And who "reported" this to the media? Sounds like a pretty good job of self promotion.
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Sunday, December 17, 2006 1:16 PM
It was silly for him to assume that Disney would not mind. How many times have you been to a play where someone was dressed as one of the characters, and sitting in the third row with everyone else? It's a distraction to the patrons and the performers.
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Sunday, December 17, 2006 2:19 PM
Maybe if he was shirtless it would be cool?

(I hope I didn't just summon you know who!)

*** Edited 12/17/2006 8:59:38 PM UTC by Peabody***

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Monday, December 18, 2006 10:27 AM
At least Santa didn't deck anybody or commit sex-acts on video in disney costumes.
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Monday, December 18, 2006 12:51 PM
^^^Guess you never heard of the Rocky Horror Picture show or been to a Star Wars premiere. ;)
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Monday, December 18, 2006 2:40 PM

tambo said:

crazy horse said:
I remember a few years back, cedarpoint had a santa working at castaway bay and they made him shave off his real beard(which looked just like santas) and put on a fake beard because it was not part of there grooming guidlines.

Is that true? If so, it's the most asinine thing I've ever heard of, and CP deserves every bit of ridicule that goes with it IMO.

-Tambo


One of our instructors is the former captain of the Harbour Belle at CP, who also has a long, white beard and plays Santa. He applied for the position of Santa at Castaway Bay and they told him he'd have to shave the beard and wear a fake one because of their "no beard" policy as an employee. He opted not to take the job.


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