Injury Rates Among Disney Fur Characters

4 Mar

The Sun Sentinel has an article this morning about the high rate of injury among Disney CMs playing fur characters.

Lisa Loves Tigger

In an age of $100 million thrill rides, Walt Disney Co. is still struggling to perfect one of its oldest and most low-tech forms of entertainment: the costumed character.

The thousands of performers who wear the costumes at Disney parks around the world are exposed to physically demanding conditions and injuries from heavy and stiflingly hot costumes, overzealous children and other hazards.

Performers at Walt Disney World’s four Orlando theme parks reported enough injuries in 2005 to affect more than a third of the local 1,900-person work force that portrays 270 different characters, an Orlando Sentinel analysis of injury reports found.

The article also mentions that “Children or adults were cited as a cause in 107 injuries, in which they pushed, pulled or otherwise hurt performers in costume.”

So kids, the next time you think it would be fun to punk Tigger, think again, okay? Dude’s got a tough enough job as it is.

4 Responses to “Injury Rates Among Disney Fur Characters”

  1. flutieman07 March 4, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    I sometimes wonder how much those people get paid for doing that. I don’t want to imagine what it’s like in one of those suits during the summer in Florida or California…..yeesh

  2. tgtby2 March 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm #

    I would like to protest the wanton use of personal photographs that clearly depict serious, sentimental and private moments between disney guests and furry characters just to spice up your blog.

    thank you.

  3. Kitty-chan March 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    But, but, but . .. my blog needs all the spicing up it can get!

    And it’s Tigger!

  4. paul August 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Sounds like the same problems Santia clause is having. They to take a beating like the Disney costumes. LOL

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