Disney World Tinker Bell Actress Claims Men Would Give Her Their Room Keys

An actress who played Disney characters at its theme parks has claimed that married men would hand their hotel keys to her when she was dressed as Tinker Bell.

Sarah Daniels made the revelation in a video watched more than 425,000 times on TikTok, uploaded after a commenter asked her: "How many dads end up hitting on you BECAUSE you're the character? As opposed to because you're an attractive woman?"

Daniels, who often answers questions about her experiences at Disney theme parks on her TikTok account, said in the clip posted on September 23: "I feel like if dudes are going to be creeps and hit on you, they're going to hit on you whether or not you're a character or not.

"But there were many moments, especially as Tinker Bell, where I had married men hand me keys to their hotel room and tell me where they were staying."

In a follow-up video shared with her 55,000 TikTok followers the next day, Daniels explained how she would respond in these situations.

"I was always caught really off guard when people would do this," she said. "Usually, if I was having an issue, I would divert them to my character attendant because you're not supposed to say no. You're not supposed to say no just straight up. As a 'face character,' no is not in your vocabulary.

"So, usually divert the attention to the character attendant and they will take care of the creepy dads for you."

Her follow-up video has been watched more than 510,000 times since it was posted five days ago, with many commenters expressing their shock at the behavior of the men.

"Did they expect you to show up as Tinker Bell?" asked one user.

"Oh my god. I don't know why I'm surprised but wow," wrote another.

"I can't even process how people just do that," posted a third commenter.

Inappropriate behaviour from Disney guests is not a rarity, according to another clip that went viral on social media this week.

It shows a resurfaced YouTube video from September 2015, in which a woman tried to get too close to an actor playing Gaston at Walt Disney World. The Beauty and the Beast villain began by posing with the woman for a photo, until she reached up and grabbed his pecs.

The actor told the woman to leave, but she laughed, unsure whether it was a joke or not. "You're done," he said, as the woman realized he was serious. "There are children."

Newsweek has contacted Sarah Daniels and Disney for comment.

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Walt Disney World Resort in Florida marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016. Jacqueline Nelll