A Disney Guest was admonished when they shared a video online, and fans felt they had taken advantage of Disney Cast Members.
The Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida and Disneyland Resort in Southern California are world-renowned for being some of the best places in the world to feel the Disney magic. One of the biggest parts of the experience many fans love is the chance to meet their favorite characters and princesses. And, Disney Cast Members work hard to make visiting a Disney Park the undeniable Disney experience it is.
One Disney Guest, u/Radiant_Jubilee, took to Reddit to share a touching story of how she felt very seen by the Disney Princesses at Disneyland Resort when she visited the Disney Park over the summer, and shared a video recording of their reactions and interactions with her.
However, while the story itself was meant to be an appreciation of how wonderful the Disney Cast Members undoubtedly are, some commenters took issue with the fact that the OP appeared to be treating Disneyland Cast Members like her own personal therapist.
“what did you expect them to do? they are cast members and are on the clock, of course they will be nice to you. do you expect someone dressed as Elsa for $20/hr to console you or explain their actual viewpoint?
this is like telling a chef that his dish tastes good and then recording him saying thanks? cringe.”
Another user, u/communistshawty, agreed, “Yea this is weird to me, like they are basically just trauma dumping on them without their consent. They did not sign up for that lol.”
U/IAmMagicarpe also chimed in, “I’m glad someone else said it. This isn’t some virtuous thing like everyone wants to make it out to be. They were basically cornered and forced to say these things (not saying they don’t hold these sentiments, but they would have said this stuff even if they didn’t, so effectively, it’s forced). Not only are they at work, they’re being filmed.”
U/HookemHef added, “I’m sorry, but cast members making 20 bucks an hour to play Snow White for a bunch of kids are not your personal therapists.”
The post resulted in a long discussion about this behavior and whether it was appropriate; fans were largely divided. It’s always important to remember that while Cast Members can help us live out our dreams, they are people first.
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