Disney World employees in Florida have filed complaints alleging they were touched inappropriately by guests.
Three Walt Disney employees in Florida, who wore the costumes of the most iconic characters of Disney -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse, at the resort have filed police complaints stating that they were touched inappropriately by guests and suffered injuries during some interactions, reported Newsweek. The women who played Minnie Mouse and Donald both reported being groped by park visitors.
According to reports by the Orlando Sentinel, on December 3, a tourist asked Donald Duck for a kiss and once the female employee inside the costume agreed to it, the visitor began grabbing at the costume's arms, belly, chest, and face. The cast member said that as she tried to move away from the woman, she held on the costume and put her hands inside the duck suit, touching the cast member's chest. Later on, she was yelled at by the woman's family member to stop, and another cast member escorted the Donald Duck performer to a break room.
The next day, another employee in the Minnie Mouse costume filed a report claiming that a 61-year-old man grabbed her chest three times after she posed for a photo and gave him a hug. The Orange County Sheriff's office reported that the same has also been reported for an "inappropriate interaction" with another cast member on December 5, and since then, has been banned from the park.
The Sheriff's report stated, "He was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs Resort." A third female cast member also reported a neck strain injury after a grandmother repeatedly patted her costumed head. It was reported that the grandmother touched the woman's costume on the head to assure her grandchild as the 2-year-old was intimidated by the costume.
In a statement given to Newsweek, a Disney spokesperson said, "Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in an uncomfortable situation. We provide multiple resources to protect our Cast Members' well-being, including on-site law enforcement officers who respond, and are available to them, if needed."
All three cast members refused to post charges against the tourist. Earlier this month, charges were dropped against a man accused of groping the cast member playing Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid at Disney World. The employee said that the tourist "cupped and lifted" her breast while she posed for a photo with him and his wife in November.