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Man Who Looks Like Santa Told to Tone it Down or Leave Disney World [POLL]

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Fox News 6

If you’ve ever been to a Disney theme Park you know they have strict rules and guidelines as to what adults  can and cannot wear into the park. For example, if you wear a costume or clothing that looks like an actual Disney character you may be told to cover it up by Disney officials. Just ask April Spielman who recently dressed as Tinker Bell.


Here’s what I don’t understand, Thomas Tolbert, a guy who sometimes works as a Santa impersonator, was nabbed by Disney security because he looked too much like Jolly Old St. Nick. Tolbert says he wasn’t even wearing a Santa suit, just a Santa-themed shirt but was told to tone it down if he wanted to remain in the park.

Tolbert said that kids were coming up to him and asking for autographs even after he changed his shirt. Security told the Atlanta man that he must tell the kids “I am not who you think I am…I am on vacation…leave me alone.”

A representative from Disney explained their decision to make Tolbert tone down his outfit in a statement to

The guest was asked to change his attire because it was disruptive to our operations and confusing to our other guests, particularly children who asked to take photos with him. He was not asked to leave, instead, we tried to work with him so that he could continue his visit.”

For his mistaken identity, Tolbert was given a free ticket for a future visit. Do you think Disney’s policy is fair? Or is it discriminatory towards those who happen to look like Santa? Do you think it was right to tell him to tone it down for looking like Kris Kringle?


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