Disney tells ‘Tinkerbell’ to strip

2012-06-07 11:24

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It took April Spielman several hours to get ready for a visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and only a fraction of that for security officers to bar her from entering Disney's Animal Kingdom.

According to msnbcTravel, the 15-year-old Spielman had decided to dress up as Tinkerbell to make her boyfriend's first visit to the amusement park even more memorable.

"My makeup took two hours, my hair took another hour, and then I had to spray my body in glitter and paint my nails," Spielman said.

However, Disney felt the job she did was a little too convincing.

"They said I looked too good," Spielman told clickorlando.com, and said Disney officials explained that kids might confuse her for the official Tinker Bell character.

Walt Disney World spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda issued a statement on Tuesday:

"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."

Disney sells children's costumes inside the theme parks and offers princess and pirate makeovers to younger visitors who would not be mistaken for official Disney theme park characters.

Disney park officials gave Spielman a free shirt and other clothing to wear instead of her costume. The company also provided her family with numerous FastPass tickets, which enabled them to skip the lines on rides they missed while the teenager was changing clothes.


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