The first trip I ever took to a Disney theme park was when I was 5-years-old. One of the most distinct memories of that outing is getting Pinocchio's autograph, then quickly ducking away as so many starry-eyed kids mobbed him, he was literally pinned to a wall. Poor guy.
Thus is the plight of the costumed Disney theme park employee. For every Cinderella, Tarzan and Eeyore, there's a throng of drooling children waiting to meet their entertainment icons. It can be a real job hazard.
But who would've guessed your theme park fanbase could get you fired?
It's being reported that Disneyland has fired all four of their Jack Sparrow actors due to recent problems with rowdy, young female park-goers flashing their, uh, "cannonballs" at the rock star pirate. "They lost control when they saw Jack Sparrow," said former Sparrow Brandon Pinto, who left the role about a year ago. "This is a sexy, rock-star pirate."
While park officials deny the claim and attributed the pulling of everyone's favorite Pirates of the Caribbean star to declining requests and popularity for the character, it's really does make you wonder, especially when this incident is followed closely by one actor's account of his former adventures as Jack at the "Happiest Place on Earth" (a recommended read - it's hilarious).
But don't worry. While Jack Sparrows are being ousted, it looks like the Magic Kingdom is hiring extra actors to portray Tinkerbell and her fairy friends to help promote the release of Disney's new Tinkerbell movie.
Rowdy, manly pirates replaced with fairies? It's enough to make you want to protest!
Or maybe make a guy buy his own Jack Sparrow outfit...