Disney World Characters Say They Were Groped, Inappropriately Touched by Tourists

Three Walt Disney World cast members who portray iconic characters reported incidents of groping and inappropriate touching in the Orlando, Florida, theme parks in December.

Cast members portraying Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck accused tourists of inappropriately touching them while in costume, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The women who play Minnie and Donald both reported being groped by park visitors.

On December 3, a woman asked Donald Duck for a kiss. Once the female employee inside the costume obliged, she claimed, the visitor began grabbing at the costume's arms, belly, chest, and face. When the cast member tried to move away from the woman, she held onto the costume and put her hands inside the duck suit, touching the cast member's chest. The woman's family yelled at her to stop, and another cast member escorted the Donald Duck performer to a break room.

The following day, the employee portraying Minnie Mouse filed a report claiming that a 61-year-old man grabbed her chest three times after she gave him a hug and posed for a photo.

The Orange County Sheriff's office reported that the man, a Disney Vacation Club member, had also been reported for an "inappropriate interaction" with another cast member on December 5. Disney banned the man from the parks. "He was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs Resort," according to a sheriff's report cited by the Sentinel.

A third female cast member, this one portraying Mickey Mouse, reported a neck strain injury after a grandmother repeatedly patted her costumed head, also on December 4.

The grandmother touched the costume to reassure her 2-year-old grandchild, who was intimidated by the giant mouse, the woman's son-in-law told the Sentinel.

"She barely touched him," he told the paper.

All three employees declined to press charges against the tourists.

In a statement given to Newsweek, a Disney spokesperson said the company gives employees resources for situations like these and encourages them to report inappropriate behavior. "Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in any uncomfortable situation," the spokesperson said. "We provide multiple resources to protect our Cast Members' well-being, including on-site law enforcement officers who respond, and are available to them, if needed."

Earlier this month, charges were dropped against a man accused of groping the cast member playing Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid at Disney World. As previously reported, the park employee said the man "cupped and lifted" her breast while she posed for a photo with him and his wife in November.

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse arrive at the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Enchanted" held at El Capitan Theatre on November 17, 2007 in Hollywood, California. Barry King/WireImage/Getty