Teen Tinker Bell Made to Change Clothes Before Entering Animal Kingdom
A teenager was recently denied entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The reason? She was dressed like Tinker Bell.
Fifteen-year-old April Spielman said she spent two hours preparing her costume before heading off to the park. She and her boyfriend, who was dressed as Peter Pan, visited Disney's Hollywood Studios late last week and then tried to enter Disney's Animal Kingdom later. They were stopped by security guards and Spielman was told she would need to change before she could gain admittance to the park. Spielman said she was told she "looked too good" in her Tinker Bell costume and that she might be confused for a cast member.
Disney has a dress code for its guests and has it published on their website. It states: "adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character" is inappropriate theme park attire that "may result in refusal of admittance."
Park officials gave the teen Tinker Bell a "free shirt and other clothing" to change into and also gave her and her boyfriend "numerous" FastPass tickets. This "enabled them to skip the lines on rides they missed while the teenager was changing clothes."
In a statement issued on Tuesday about the incident, Walt Disney World spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda said:
The guests were asked to change because costumes that could be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character are not appropriate attire for our theme parks. The costumes were disruptive to our operation and possibly confusing to our other guests, as children were asking to take photos with them. To make up for any inconvenience, we provided them with replacement clothing and assisted them with the rest of their visit in our parks.