The happiest place on earth wasn’t too happy this week when for the second time in recent years it gave someone bearing an uncanny resemblance to ol’ St. Nick the option to look less like Santa or leave the park. What is the world coming to when the biggest celebrity of all time can’t enjoy a day at Disneyworld? Is this some sort of weird rivalry between universal symbols of childhood happiness?
Apparently the man looking like Santa was being “disruptive” to park operations because many other guests continued to stop him to take pictures. Who knew Mickey had jealousy issues. The Huffington Post Thomas Tolbert, the man asked to look less like Santa, is actually ranked one of the top Santa impersonators and after checking out the picture of him, I would think he was the real thing. At least Mr. Tolbert was dressed as a civilian, the last time Disneyworld kicked a jolly fat man out he was sporting the classic red suit. What does Disney do when a real celebrity shows up? I just read a story about Tom Cruise and his daughter at Disneyland. There is no way Tom Cruise made it through the park without being “disruptive”. The entourage of bodyguards alone has to cause problems for other guests.
A few years ago my husband and I went to SeaWorld in San Diego on New Year’s Day and saw a gentleman in an aloha shirt, Bahama shorts and sandals with the white hair and beard of Santa. He was carrying a hobo bag on the end of a stick and as we made eye contact he made a comment about finally getting in a vacation. We both laughed and thought that was the coolest thing. I don’t know if SeaWorld paid this guy as comic relief or it was a look-a-like legitimately on vacation and that was his way of dealing the people looking at him but either way we got a good chuckle out of it. It’s sad to think Disney obviously doesn’t have the same sense of humor. Maybe the next time we wait in line to see the mouse we’ll ask him to let Santa have a good vacation after Christmas.