When the Disney parks reopened after pandemic, did so without most experiences customers have come to know and love. Slowly these things started to be added to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World experience. One of the last things to come back was the ability to get close to costumed characters. And we see how important that was to a lot of people.
Recently, a video went viral showing a young woman getting emotional after giving Goofy a hug. Now we see a similar situation for a Disney World cast member, who visited Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and kissed “the boss.” They shared a beautiful moment which is currently going viral both on Facebook and instagram. Check it out.
It’s easy to be cynical but it’s really wonderful to see people have moments like this. You can see the emotion in his eyes. As a Cast Member, she knows better than anyone that this giant mouse is really just another Cast Member, but that doesn’t matter here. It’s Mickey Mouse.
For some, being a Disney World cast member is probably just a job, even if they work hard to do it well (some Disney Parks cast members can get overzealous). To some, clearly, it looks like something more than that. These Cast Members see Disney World the same way many guests do, as a place with special meaning. For them, Mickey is not only a character played by an employee but “the boss”. Not everyone has a relationship with their boss that makes hugs appropriate.
This video follows that of a woman who got emotional on video after hugging Goofy, a character she associated with her late grandfather. A lot of people criticized this clip, and criticism of the concept of “Adult Disney” in generalbut in the end, if that interaction is meaningful to someone, for whatever reason, that’s all that matters.
While the two Disney World and Disneyland have found ways to bring the characters to the parks when they reopen, they were previously kept at a distance. Having them inhabit the parks was always pretty cool, as it makes the parks livelier, but for those who wanted that one-on-one time, it just wasn’t the same. While things may never be quite the way they were before the pandemic, they are about as close to “normal” as it gets. The characters are back, the fireworks and other nighttime spectacles are back. For those looking for their own special Disney moment, it’s possible again.