Woman sues Walt Disney World for being allegedly groped by Donald Duck

Posted Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World is facing a federal lawsuit seeking more than $200,000 in damages after a Pennsylvania woman claimed a person in a Donald Duck costume groped her breast two years ago, court records show. April Magolon said that instead of an autograph from the person in the iconic fuzzy white costume with a blue and yellow sailor shirt and hat, the person performed a "physically menacing act," the lawsuit says.

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Friday, August 13, 2010 10:09 AM

R-P, you quack me up.

Friday, August 13, 2010 10:55 AM

These lawsuits are a dime a dozen. Cast members are trained on how to position their hands when they are having photos taken of them specifically to avoid this common lawsuit.

You know what they say, "birds of a feather.....".

Friday, August 13, 2010 11:07 AM

Tekwardo said:

No she would have had to say that somehow Donald got her pregnant, then they can go on Maury and then.....

Donald, you are the father

Friday, August 13, 2010 11:10 AM

crazyforcoasters said:

Donald, you are the father


Last edited by Raven-Phile, Friday, August 13, 2010 11:11 AM
Friday, August 13, 2010 1:10 PM

In all seriousness, this makes me wonder if there really isn't something going on with some of these employees. Human behavior is quite malleable as circumstances change. Could it be that putting on the Duck or the Mouse is a corrupting process?

Think about it. When you put on that magic, cloaking layer, all eyes are upon you -- but at the same time you are given a very real sort of anonymity. Nobody sees you: they only see Donald or Goofy.

In your magic cloak of hiding, you are free to -- nay, charged to do so -- pat, hug, and high-five customer after customer, many of whom are quite attractive (and sometimes underage) young females. And they all look at you with those adoring eyes, wanting to be close to you.

Accidents happen. It's a hard, heavy costume to maneuver in. Your sight lines are limited. Bumping into people is inevitable.

Sooner or later a boob gets brushed. But does the female recoil in horror or become embarrassed? Probably not. Probably she doesn't even notice, or if she does she writes it off as the accident it was. And over time, this happens a lot.

You hate to admit it, but after a while you notice that you get a little charge out of these 'brushes'. You don't even feel the actual person being touched -- there's just too much polyester and fur and hard cast molding to really receive much sensation. But you know it happened, and face it: it's kind of titillating (no pun intended). Even more, nobody else knows that the brush with a breast or a buttock was anything but an accident. And after a while -- weeks, months, years -- it ceases to be an accident.

Human beings are capable of almost any kind of evil. Stanley Milgram showed us that with those shock experiments decades ago. So it is possible to take a perfectly normal, psychologically healthy person and over time turn them into something like a molester.

Friday, August 13, 2010 2:24 PM

It seems every time I walk through the Supermarket all I see is another Celebrity that has cheated on their spouse with some one else. I never thought it would ever be Doneld.

On a side note 200K, plenty of groupies would have done it for free.

Enough jokes, this woman is money grubbing and I doubt it ever happened.

Last edited by MRCEagle, Sunday, August 15, 2010 6:35 PM
Friday, August 13, 2010 2:27 PM

I never though it woudl ever be Doneld.

On a side not 200K, plenty of groupies would have done it for free.

Again in English, please.

Friday, August 13, 2010 3:28 PM

MRCEagle said:
It seems every time I walk through the Supermarket all I see is another Celebrity that has cheated on their spouse with some one else. I never though it woudl ever be Doneld.

On a side not 200K, plenty of groupies would have done it for free.

Enough jokes, this woman is money grubbing and I doubt it ever happened.


Sunday, August 15, 2010 12:46 AM

They never did explain where Huey, Duey, and Louey came from.

Sunday, August 15, 2010 2:00 AM

Eggs. Duh.

Sunday, August 15, 2010 3:44 PM

I've never been groped or molested by a costumed character. This has led to feelings of inadequacy, severe emotional distress and Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder. When can I expect to see a dump truck full of money backing up to my driveway?

Sunday, August 15, 2010 9:30 PM

So... If she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood, and therefore...
As only a witch could be capable of such an atrocity.

Ensign Smith,
While what you say is a possible scenario, I doubt that would actually happen. Most characters have a handler to control the crowds, and a photo pass photographer. The handler keeps an eye on Donald and the crowds waiting to see him. The photographer will take pictures of Donald and the guests interacting, as well as a final posed picture. I'm sure an occasional "bump" does happen, for a character to be able to repeatedly touch people in an inappropriate way without a Disney person realizing is almost impossible.

Correct typo

Last edited by 0g, Sunday, August 15, 2010 9:30 PM
Monday, August 16, 2010 12:01 AM

What you say makes total sense, 0g. Having never been a Disney, or any other parks', costumed character, I wasn't very sure how that worked with the handler. Though I suspect there may be more latitude, even at the House of Mouse, for errant behavior than you're suggesting.

Monday, August 16, 2010 6:32 PM

let's see: Donalds hands are about 18" to what? Two feet in size?

yeah, I bet that woman is a fun date...


Monday, August 16, 2010 9:21 PM

Ensign Smith,

Let me first start by saying that I have not worked for Disney, or any other amusement park. Most of what I am saying comes for observation.

All character need someone in close proximity handle any situation that may occur. It's not an uncommon occurrence for guests to treat the characters in an inappropriate way, be it hitting, punching, or what have you. So someone needs to be keeping an eye on the characters, and ready to react if something gets even a little out of hand. True, the handler isn't watching Donald every second. If Donald wanted to, he could probably get away with something once or twice. But, if he were to do something repeatedly, I think the handler or photographer would catch on pretty quickly.

Additionally, all the characters are given training, including where to position hands while being photographed. I have to imagine that all the characters have it drilled into their heads that there is always someone watching them ready to file a lawsuit if something looks even the slightest bit out of hand.

Thus, I think its very unlikely that a character would be working at Disney with a malicious intent.

Monday, August 16, 2010 9:51 PM

Jeff said:
Eggs. Duh.

Yeah, but whose?

Monday, August 16, 2010 11:07 PM

Eggs just are. I think they come from the grocery store. Or storks.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 11:39 AM

Don't they come from the eggplant?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:10 PM

Whoever this is, is either lying or needs to learn to get over stupid things. Nightmares, trauma, flashbacks. really?


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