Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck all filed police reports claiming they were touched inappropriately by tourists this month. 

The woman who plays Mickey Mouse had to seek medical care at a hospital after a grandmother visiting the park patted the character’s head, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, The Associated Press reported. The employees wearing the Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes alleged that tourists groped them.

“Everyone should feel safe at work, and we encourage Cast Members to come forward in any uncomfortable situation,” said Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger in a statement, according to the news service. “We provide multiple resources to protect our Cast Members’ well-being, including on-site law enforcement officers who respond, and are available to them, if needed." 


The woman who plays Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom told authorities that a woman patted her head five times on Dec. 4, causing the costume to slide down and strain her neck. She said she did not believe the woman intentionally hurt her, and the sheriff’s office categorized the incident as a civil matter, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The tourist’s family said they did not know the employee was taken to a hospital until they were contacted Tuesday by the newspaper. A man named Boone Scheer said his mother-in-law was patting Mickey to show her young grandson that he shouldn’t be afraid of the character.

Scheer said the family did not know if Disney has a no-touching rule for the characters in costume, since they can give high-fives and hugs to visitors. He said no one told them about the incident until they tried to check into their hotel in the park and his wife was interviewed by Disney employees. 

“She barely touched him,” said Scheer, adding his mother-in-law wouldn’t intentionally hurt Mickey Mouse, alleging that the employees “definitely tried to insinuate it was on purpose.”

On the same day, the Disney employee who portrays Minnie Mouse posed for photos with a couple from Minnesota. The man allegedly groped her chest three times, according to the sheriff’s incident report, the AP reported.

The employee alerted her supervisors and identified pictures of the 61-year-old man. She has not pressed charges.

The man also reportedly had “an inappropriate interaction with a cast member” Dec. 5, according to an incident report, the AP reported. 

“As a result, he was trespassed from all of Walt Disney World property, to exclude the Saratoga Springs resort,” the sheriff’s report said.

On Dec. 3, a woman in her 60s asked if she could kiss Donald Duck at an Animal Kingdom restaurant. The 18-year-old employee playing the character said the woman began grabbing the characters arms, chest, belly and face. The woman also allegedly followed her as she moved away and “frantically” put her hands inside of the characters costume, touching the actual employee.

The employee later decided not to press charges, telling authorities that she believe the woman may have dementia, according to the AP.

An employee portraying a Disney princess at Walt Disney World alleged that a 51-year-old man groped her while getting a photo taken in November. 

The Hill has reached out to Walt Disney World and the sheriff's department for comment.