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Tinker Bell costume causes trouble at Disney
Bay News 9 ^ | June 5, 2012 | Dalia Dangerfield

Posted on 06/05/2012 5:09:58 PM PDT by Brandonmark

A Tampa bay area teen and her boyfriend are in shock after being forced to take off the costumes they were wearing at Walt Disney World.

April Spielman, 15, and her boyfriend Clayton Covey went to the theme park dressed as Tinker Bell and Pete Pan Sunday.

Spielman said she always wanted to go to Disney dressed as the fictional character. For more than a year, the two teens saved money to buy costumes. Covey flew in fron Arizona.

"We like the Disney characters and we wanted to dress up," Covey said.

When the two arrived at Disney Sunday, they became instant celebrities among guests at Hollywood Studios. However, when they went to Animal Kingdom, the experience changed.

An employee at Animal Kingdom stopped the family and insisted that Spielman take off her Tinker Bell Costume. The manager told her she looked too much like the real character that greets guests at the park.

Covey was told to take off his Peter Pan costume as well.

Since the teens didn't have a change of clothes, Disney provided a voucher so they could buy a shirt and a pair of shorts. Disney officials also provided the family with a Fast Pass so they could skip the lines at the park. Spielman said the ordeal crushed her dream.

"I was crying so hard," Spielman said. "It like, really hurt me because just looking around and people were walking around and they were all dressed up and i'm just standing there like crying."

Disney's Public Relation Manager Kathleen Prihoda sent this statement:

"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..."

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KEYWORDS: disney; peterpan; tinkerbell
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To: Brandonmark
Oh please give me a break!

“Spielman says their family had no idea wearing a Disney costume would turn their dream into such a nightmare.”

The article clearly states she is a Tampa Bay resident.It's not a secret that Disney characters are paid employees, and heavily screened. She obviously does not look like a “child” in that costume.

At their age, wearing a character costume at an Orlando theme park makes as much sence as dressing like doctors and walking the halls of a hospital.

Cute costumes, wrong venue.

51 posted on 06/05/2012 5:42:08 PM PDT by sarasmom ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xZsFe6dM3EY)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Hahaha...that almost made me spit my drink out!


52 posted on 06/05/2012 5:43:02 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: twister881
If they had dressed as sex perverts, the Magic Kingdom would have waved them through.

Especially on "Gay Days"

At least until the two became copyrighted Disney charaters...
53 posted on 06/05/2012 5:43:40 PM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: Brandonmark

“April Spielman, 15,”

15 will get you 20...


54 posted on 06/05/2012 5:45:17 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Brandonmark

Disney responded appropriately bit be kids are self serving punks.

Chick is hot. How did such a pencil neck geek get her.


55 posted on 06/05/2012 5:45:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: Brandonmark

Well, little kids wear costumes into the park all the time and it’s no big deal. But I don’t want some Ted Bundy or child molester pretending to be a character who only wants to get close to kids or grab one wearing their own costumes in.


56 posted on 06/05/2012 5:45:55 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Vendome
Why why why are so many people saying she is hot? She absolutely is not. Bad eyesight, you have.

And anyway, she's 15 you perv!

Sheesh!

57 posted on 06/05/2012 5:48:05 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Brandonmark
The costumes were disruptive to our operation and possibly confusing to our other guests

OR ?


58 posted on 06/05/2012 5:49:47 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: WSGilcrest
I cannot stand it when people use ‘like’ when it isn't necessary!! Arrgh! "I'm,like,so upset because I couldn't,like,get on that roller coaster 'cause the line was,like,too long."
59 posted on 06/05/2012 5:50:56 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I'm a weather geek.)
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To: Brandonmark

A 15 year-old boy likes Peter Pan??


60 posted on 06/05/2012 5:54:18 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I'm a weather geek.)
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To: tet68

LOL. “Shower curtain rings”.


61 posted on 06/05/2012 5:57:07 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I'm a weather geek.)
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To: tet68
"I don’t remember Peter Pan wearing shower curtain rings in his ears."

That was before he met Del Griffith.


62 posted on 06/05/2012 5:59:22 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: stylecouncilor
From the article - A Tampa bay area teen and her boyfriend are in shock after being forced to take off the costumes they were wearing at Walt Disney World.

I take it that walking around in their undies was ok then. Probably due to lawyers. If said costumed person did something would Disney be blamed?

63 posted on 06/05/2012 6:00:45 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: driftdiver

Pretty sad,isn’t it?


64 posted on 06/05/2012 6:02:26 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
Some people really, really want to be fairies!

Too bad, I guess they didn't wish hard enough. =*(

65 posted on 06/05/2012 6:04:30 PM PDT by sadponies
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To: KosmicKitty
My question: How did a dorky guy like that get such a hot girlfriend?

Another view.....


66 posted on 06/05/2012 6:05:55 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

My dentist’s assistant in CA, WAS Tinker Bell at Disney.
But that was a long time ago....


67 posted on 06/05/2012 6:06:33 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Brandonmark
I was crying so hard," Spielman said. "It like, really hurt me because just looking around and people were walking around and they were all dressed up and I'm just standing there like crying.


68 posted on 06/05/2012 6:07:15 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: KosmicKitty

I just saw this girl on BayNews 9.

She ain’t that hot.


69 posted on 06/05/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
A 15 year-old boy likes Peter Pan??


70 posted on 06/05/2012 6:11:02 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: napscoordinator

Change your clothes and grow up.


71 posted on 06/05/2012 6:11:11 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Brandonmark

That’s....pretty damn gay.


72 posted on 06/05/2012 6:15:26 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Brandonmark
A certain US Senator from SC will be unhappy he can't wear his tinkerbell costume......
73 posted on 06/05/2012 6:18:52 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Brandonmark

You can wear costumes during Disney Halloween time starting in Sept (extra cost of course).

A group of Stormtroopers (501st) went to Universal Studios for pictures. We were at City Walk for 2 hours before security asked us to move along. We created a huge traffic jam and no one could move. They cited fire hazards, not copyrights. Security took a few pics with us before we left.


74 posted on 06/05/2012 6:21:02 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: Brandonmark

You can wear costumes during Disney Halloween time starting in Sept (extra cost of course).

A group of Stormtroopers (501st) went to Universal Studios for pictures. We were at City Walk for 2 hours before security asked us to move along. We created a huge traffic jam and no one could move. They cited fire hazards, not copyrights. Security took a few pics with us before we left.


75 posted on 06/05/2012 6:21:09 PM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: Brandonmark
Walt's Dead Now Studios.

PR Brain Dead, that's for certain.

76 posted on 06/05/2012 6:26:19 PM PDT by Prospero
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To: Brandonmark

77 posted on 06/05/2012 6:37:12 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: rlmorel
The Rat didn't create the characters of Peter Pan or Tinkerbell. They didn't even have the first film adaptation.


78 posted on 06/05/2012 6:41:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: napscoordinator

Disney’s 2 issues here, they wished the boy had dressed as Tinkerbell and they wanted the pair to undress.

There exists a culture of corruption at Disney’s theme parks.


79 posted on 06/05/2012 6:45:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: Brandonmark

That’s not Peter Pan, that’s Peter Puffer.


80 posted on 06/05/2012 6:53:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Brandonmark

These are kids dressed in character costume. The Disney park sells kid’s character costumes.

They are obviously big fans and probably spent $1000s on their dream vacation, so I sympathize with them.


81 posted on 06/05/2012 7:01:09 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: PapaBear3625

The cops must be awful busy on homo open house days.


82 posted on 06/05/2012 7:22:11 PM PDT by Eastbound (3-7-77)
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To: Brandonmark

Oh my word! Which one is Tinker Bell?!


83 posted on 06/05/2012 7:31:38 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: steveo
The only time Disney allows guests to wear costumes in their parks is during their Halloween parties(hard ticket, separate admission) and even then, If they consider the costume to be too similar to a cast members they will ask you to change or modify your look. It's more than just protecting their copyright, it's about maintaining their guest relations(and legal liability thereto).

CC

84 posted on 06/05/2012 7:35:30 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Brandonmark

She’s still cute, but that’s just IMHO.


85 posted on 06/05/2012 7:38:17 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Brandonmark

That looks like *every* branch on the way down. Cute for a kid, though.


86 posted on 06/05/2012 7:40:52 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: driftdiver
I wondered about that, too, but I assume the writer meant to include the entire trip in that process. Tickets to the park aint cheap.

As for the couple, the could probably dress up at any of the restaurants or at the Market Place, but it should have been a no-brainer that they wouldn't be allowed to walk around in costume. (Really, if it were allowed, well, I wouldn't say everyone would be doing it, but there'd be a lot of people doing it.)

87 posted on 06/05/2012 7:42:52 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
No, a 15 year old boy likes attention from girls. The girl that he wants attention from likes Peter Pan.

CC

88 posted on 06/05/2012 7:49:11 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: Pollster1

“Hint: when a hot girl asks you to dress as Peter Pan, if you’re a dork, you answer “what color tights?””

Hah, hah!! Line of the week!!!


89 posted on 06/05/2012 7:51:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27"\)
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To: rlmorel
Hahaha...The Rat is serious about copyright infringement!

The creator of Peter Pan, J M Barrie, bequeathed the rights to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children, which still holds them. Disney has never paid a red cent in royalties to the legitimate copyright owners. They pay millions to their lawyers to cheat sick and dying children.

Remember that the next time you think about buying a Disney product.

90 posted on 06/05/2012 7:57:55 PM PDT by John Locke
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To: John Locke

I am no fan of Disney, but that is pretty bad.


91 posted on 06/05/2012 8:09:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: mountn man

I live near Tampa so I get BayNews 9 and I just saw this girl describing how her “dream was crushed”. She was in tears. I would expect it from a 5-year-old but not a high-schooler.

Awww,poor baby. Grow up. You are in high school now.

If it’s a 15-year-old boy’s dream to dress up like Peter Pan and go to Disney then he is a big fag,or just immature.


92 posted on 06/05/2012 8:17:20 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: KosmicKitty

What would Laz say???


93 posted on 06/05/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: KosmicKitty

Hot?

Not.


94 posted on 06/05/2012 8:51:47 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Brandonmark

Nice, um.... wings....


95 posted on 06/05/2012 9:17:41 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: rlmorel
Hahaha...The Rat is serious about copyright infringement!

They've copyrighted tinkerbell?  That's quite a trick, since Peter Pan was published in 1904. I don't think Disney has managed to bribe enough congresscritters to extend copyright back quite that far.

Yet. Give them time, I'm sure eventually, Disney will claim copyright to stories by Grimm as well, as epics like Homer's Odyssey. It's only a matter of time untl there will be no such thing as the public domain, because only corporations will be allowed to own our literary heritage.

96 posted on 06/05/2012 9:23:20 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: freedumb2003
I would not want someone impersonating my characters since I would have no control on how said impersonator would act.

Peter Pan was published in 1906. There is no copyright on the character, and you can't trademark tinkerbell.

97 posted on 06/05/2012 9:25:52 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: John Locke

Copyright doesn’t last forever. Thank God. Copyright for Peter Pan and Tinkerbell expired sometime in the fifties. Most likely the year before Disney used them as characters. They did the same thing with Jungle Book.


98 posted on 06/05/2012 9:35:23 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Copenhagen Smile

Well you caught me.

I’m blind and a lech


99 posted on 06/05/2012 9:57:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: zeugma; rlmorel

The copyright in Peter Pan expired at the end of 2007. So Disney was in violation for 54 years. In that time, according to Wikipedia, the film has grossed over $87 million. Not one cent for the sick children.


100 posted on 06/06/2012 2:43:06 AM PDT by John Locke
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