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Disney characters say they were groped by tourists at theme parks

Cast members playing Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland California (Picture: Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)
Disney employees have filed police reports claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists posing with them for photos.

A woman playing Minnie Mouse accused one Disney World visitor of groping her chest three times.

Another female dressed as Mickey Mouse went to hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting her headgear, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office files.

An 18-year-old worker in Donald Duck garb also claimed a woman slid her hands inside her costume and touched their chest.

The sheriff’s office investigated all three incidents and said the first two women later decided not to press charges.

They follow the arrest of a 51-year-old man in November for allegedly groping an employee portraying a Disney princess.

The employees did not press charges against the guests (Picture: Ben Hider/Getty Images)
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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 17: Minnie and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary rededication ceremony held at Disneyland on July 17, 2005 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)
Cast members playing Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland California (Picture: Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)

Disney employees have filed police reports claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists posing with them for photos.

A woman playing Minnie Mouse accused one Disney World visitor of groping her chest three times.

Another female dressed as Mickey Mouse went to hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting her headgear, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office files.


An 18-year-old worker in Donald Duck garb also claimed a woman slid her hands inside her costume and touched their chest.

The sheriff’s office investigated all three incidents and said the first two women later decided not to press charges.

They follow the arrest of a 51-year-old man in November for allegedly groping an employee portraying a Disney princess.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Micky Mouse and Minnie Mouse of Disney Live! Mickey??s Music Festival visits The Empire State Building on March 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
The employees did not press charges against the guests (Picture: Ben Hider/Getty Images)

A Disney spokesperson said in a statement: ‘Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in any 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.’

The Donald Duck employee agreed to let a woman in her 60s kiss the character at a meet-and-greet but she ‘proceeded to touch her all over her chest’ without permission, the police report said.

She tried to move away but the woman put her hands inside the costume and ‘frantically touched her chest over her bra’.

But the employee did not press charges, telling police the woman ‘appeared to be possibly suffering from dementia’.

The worker playing Minnie Mouse reported that a male visitor groped her chest three times after posing for photos alongside his wife.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 05: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, a view of fireworks, holiday lights and fanfare at Cinderella's Castle during a taping of Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort on November 05, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The holiday special is available on the DisneyNOW app beginning November 24 and officially premieres on Disney Channel December 1, 8-9:30 p.m. ET (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Disney said their on-site law enforcement officers are available to staff (Picture: Getty Images North America)

The 61-year-old man was identified from pictures but the employee similarly opted not to press charges.

Disney banned the man, a Disney Vacation Club member, who had another ‘inappropriate interaction’ with a different cast member on December 5.

The woman playing Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom told detectives a woman patted her costume’s head five times, causing it to slide down and strain her neck.

She reportedly said she did not believe it was her intention to hurt her and the sheriff’s office ruled it a civil, not criminal, matter.

Boone Scheer told the Orlando Sentinel his mother-in-law ‘barely touched’ her and was confused as to whether Disney has a no-touching rule after seeing the characters giving high-fives and hugs to visitors.

He added that Disney interviewed his wife a few hours latter and ‘tried to insinuate it was on purpose’.

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