What’s the strangest thing you saw in the back of house areas?
“Oh my god I could go on for days about that. One thing that stands out was a special event where they needed 16 Mickeys all set out in various rooms and seeing all of them backstage was really weird.”
Do you prefer parents playing it straight or interacting with you “in character” so to speak?
“For the most part, I appreciated when parents would stay in character. I hated when people would tell their kids “It’s just a guy in a suit, don’t be scared”, which scares the kids even more. What I didn’t like was when they would drill me with trivia questions and make me act out the answers. That used to be fun in the old days but toward the end, we had to see as many guests as possible and there was always pressure from management to go faster and faster.”