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The One Phrase People Portraying Disney Characters Aren’t Allowed to Utter in the Parks

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I used to think that getting to dress up as one of my favorite childhood princesses every day would be a dream of a job. Then I got older and realized that working for Disney in any capacity probably involves way more rules than I personally would be able to follow, and also, those dresses have to be heavy and Florida is hot.

And yes, I know there’s a Disney park in California, too (and Paris), but let’s be honest. The one in Orlando is the best one (fight me).

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I might have just missed Goofy's birthday, but I still want to mark it with the most wholesome interaction in my entire life. A long time ago, back in the 90s, Tiny Tal was being pushed in front of by bigger and noisier kids in the queue to meet Goofy. What did Goofy do in response to this? Part the queue just to give me a huge hug and then pretend to faint in front of everybody. 😭😭😭 It was the most special moment of Tiny Tal's life, and it cemented Goofy as my all-time favourite Disney character. I've seen him do this kind of thing even as recently as last year, and it really makes such a difference to the youngest visitors to the Disney parks. ❀️ BRB, off to watch A Goofy Movie. πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‰ #goofy #throwback #90sdisney #disney #disneylandparis #disneylandparisphotos #disneyland #paris #dlp #dlrp #eurodisney #disneyparks #disneyparksphotos #goof #disneycharacters #disneyparkscharacters #mickeymouseandfriends #disneyphotos #disneyfan #disnerd

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None of this is likely news to you, but did you also know that there’s one specific phrase that people cosplaying as the characters for a paycheck aren’t allowed to say in the parks?

They are never ever to say “I don’t know.”

It makes sense if you think about it. Disney promises a fantasy, a suspension of disbelief, and along with their characters looking as if they just stepped out of a movie, they are supposed to always know what they’re talking about.

If you ask them a question and you don’t know the answer, they are supposed to go and find it for you.

Fun fact: they’re also not allowed to point you in the right direction with only one finger; they have to use their index finger in conjunction with their middle finger, because in some cultures it’s considered rude to finger-point with the index finger only.

Legend says this rule came from Walt Disney himself, who used to point out structures at his parks with a cigarette pinched between two fingers.

And there you have it – now you know!