Teen girl denied entry to Disney's Animal Kingdom for dressing like Tinkerbell

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

April Spielman wanted her boyfriend's first trip to Walt Disney World to be memorable, so she planned to do something special -- dress up like Tinkerbell. Spielman said she and her boyfriend, who was dressed as Peter Pan, had no problem getting into Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park on Sunday. But when they tried to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom later, Spielman said security officers stopped them at the front gate.

Read more and see video from WKMG/Orlando.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:46 AM

Am I being insensitive, after watching the video, that I want to tell the girl to grow up? Did she honestly expect a different outcome?

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:15 AM

Not at all. In fact that's probably the most sensitive thing I'd say to her.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:16 AM

She gets no sympathy from me. Time to grow up.

Disney park officials gave Spielman a free T-shirt to wear instead of her costume. The company also provided her family with FastPass tickets, which enabled them to skip the lines on rides they missed while the teenager was changing clothes.

Sounds like they went above and beyond.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:18 AM

I don't have any sympathy for her either, Disney did go above and beyond. They could have told her to get lost... I get that people want to dress up and have a good time at Disney, but there's a thing called Halloween for that...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 10:35 AM

Exactly. She's more than welcome to wear the outfit to the Not So Scary Halloween party. But, not during a regular operating day.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:21 AM

In the words of my 13 year old daughter "oh my, is she for real"

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:24 AM

Maybe it's the daughter of the I love cats woman.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:35 AM

loriu said:
In the words of my 13 year old daughter "oh my, is she for real"

Yeah, but she takes after her mother. I'd expect nothing less :)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:39 AM

Apparently, loriu's daughter also takes after HER mother....ROFL! :)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:36 PM

Thanks Josh and Bill. You guys make me feel so much better about my influence on Jordan :p

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:56 PM

So, you break the rules, get rewarded for breaking the rules and are still going to cry about it?

Your parents have officially failed at their job.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:23 PM

Oh, sure, blame the parents when clearly it's society's fault.

*ducks*

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:07 PM

Not that I think they actually leave Hollywood Studios to hop to another park during the Weekends, but I wonder how the Slave Leia I saw last weekend would have gone over at another park? Thank goodness she was at least halfway decent-looking.

Of course, then there's the one who changed her legal name and thinks she's married to Luke Skywalker...seriously.

On the DAK incident, I'm not surprised per se, but I am slightly baffled. She must have had a good enough costume to raise eyebrows, and I'm sure her safety also entered into the equation as well (again, the things I've seen and heard...).

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:21 PM

Just to play a little devil's advocate...

The inconsistency of one park letting her in and another denying her entry doesn't help the situation.

The rules are what they are and the park handled it well, but they did screw up.

I'm more concerned about the boyfriend who ventured into public dressed as Peter Pan. Not sure she was worth it, man.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:39 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Just to play a little devil's advocate...

The inconsistency of one park letting her in and another denying her entry doesn't help the situation.

The rules are what they are and the park handled it well, but they did screw up.

I'm more concerned about the boyfriend who ventured into public dressed as Peter Pan. Not sure she was worth it, man.

It was likely because of Star Wars Weekends that she was able to enter Studios dressed up. They can't really be selective just allowing Star Wars costumes in, it would likely create more issues than the DAK incident.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:54 PM

So you're essentially qualifying what I said - a lack of consistency causes problems. If you let one costume in, you got to let them all.

If you let this style of dress into one park, well then...

...consistency.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:56 PM

Just thinking....maybe it's only a "problem" when you dress up as a character that wanders the park in question. In other words, a "Beast" costume might be OK at DAK but not allowed at DHS. Since Beast actually appears at DHS, maybe the park would like to avoid confusion between who WORKS there and who is merely a guest with a little too much *artistic flair*? ;~)

I'd hate for a guest to cause my business trouble by posing as an employee....but that's never a problem at my current job, LOL...

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:58 PM
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 3:12 PM

^ So I take it you don't work at a Best Buy in Manhattan...

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 3:24 PM

Dressing up as characters is a fairly regular thing at Tokyo Disney. I understand why the American parks would want to discourage that sort of thing, but it is interesting to notice the different philosophies between the two places.

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