Disney World Kicked Out Santa Claus, For Stealing Kids' Attention
The people at Disney World have made something very clear. They thrive on children's love of imaginary characters, as long as they're DISNEY'S imaginary characters. Anyone else needs to get the hell out. So last week, Disney World kicked out Santa Claus.
Thomas Tolbert of Atlanta looks a lot like Santa. He keeps the full white beard year-round and works as a professional Santa in the winter. And when he visited Disney World on a family vacation last week, he got a lot of attention. He wasn't wearing a red Santa suit, but he did have a t-shirt with a collage of Santa faces on it. So kids were running up to him, asking for autographs and photos.
And that did NOT sit well with Disney. A park representative grabbed him and told him he was violating their policy that visitors, "cannot wear adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as a representative of an actual Disney character." They kicked him out, but he eventually compromised and changed out of his Santa shirt. The park also told him he had to tell any kids who came up to him, "I am not who you think I am, I am on vacation and please leave me alone."
(CBS 6 - Orlando)
Here are some photos of Thomas.