Disney World De-Wings Tinker Bell Teen

Take note, cosplayers: every time the Disney World dress code stings, a fairy loses its wings. A 15-year-old girl was recently stopped by security because she looked “too good” as a dressed-up Tinker Bell. The staff told the cosplaying teen she had to change out of the look that had taken hours to build because she could be mistaken for an actual Disney employee. Turns out there’s a dress code for visitors which bans costumes on everyone except little kids, because child labor laws discourage official five-year-old fairies.

The girl said she did it for her boyfriend, who dressed up as Peter Pan for the trip so they could make the visit special. There’s no mention about the young man changing clothes, so we’re assuming he doesn’t have the master-level costume skills of his young date.

At least Disney gave the girl some clothes to change into, although with the hair, glitter and make-up, she still probably looked like Tinker Bell on her day off. Freepass tickets were also handed out to soothe the would-be fairy’s nerves, because even Disney knows you don’t tick off Tink.

Our advice to the talented seamstress? Comic-Con is just around the corner, and they would love your look. Just add a taser to the end of that wand so you can fend off any unwanted suitors.



Photo credit: Flickr/Erik van Roekel



Filed under movies, News, pop culture

5 responses to “Disney World De-Wings Tinker Bell Teen

  1. Pingback: Disney World hace llorar a Tinker Bell « love2cosplay

  2. I can’t really blame Disney, though I’d be really upset were I her. I saw plenty of people in full wizard get-up in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios. I know it’s a different company, but I wonder if they enforce similar rules.

  3. (Came in by way of Nicole’s Total Fan Girl blog)

    I… don’t see it. I went over to the original story at clickorlando.com and watched the video to make comparisons. It’s a very good costume– don’t get me wrong. One of my sisters does a lot of costuming, and my wife has a talent for theatrical makeup, and so I can appreciate the work she did. I think it’s more likely that Disney took a zero-tolerance approach rather than considering actual customer feedback.

    It should be pointed out that the story said she also made the Peter Pan costume her boyfriend wore, and the video showed several photos of them together as such.

    This was the official Disney 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, 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.”

    which suggests he was required to change– although yes, the news article seems to say otherwise. Personally, I say Disney was mad about children asking for photo ops, possibly taking money away from them. (Do guests have to pay for all photos with their costumed employees?)

    Good call on suggesting she take it to a con– taser might be overkill (surely you jest?) if the boyfriend is with her again as Peter Pan.

    • You bring up several good points, and Disney may have worried that if one of the teenagers spoke inappropriately while in costume, it would reflect poorly on them. But then again, who knows? It could be about the money too. 😉 Personally, I can’t imagine walking around all day in a costume while at a theme park and doing it voluntarily! Makes me sweat just thinking about it. And yes, that last one was in jest. 😉

      • Thanks, Beth! Hadn’t considered the PR angle, and that’s certainly important. That said, I think Disney could be cunning (or conniving, take your pick) enough to co-opt a cosplay convention. Cosplayers would wear the usual con badge, and would therefore distinguish themselves from actual employees. For a small fee, cosplayers could have photos with their corresponding characters (employees in “official” costumes) and the public would have a side-by-side comparison of who’s a fan and who’s the employee. Played right, Disney gets free marketing (and there’s always a cosplayer that will help pull more obscure characters back to public memory), more revenue, and a solid emphasis of “the whole family can do this”.

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