How seeing Nick Wilde gives me PTSD
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Nick Wilde by Ry-Spirit

So this happened last year when I went to Disneyland California by myself. I love Disneyland and I try to go to them as many times as possible. (We dont have Disneyland here in Australia, thats why no one takes our country seriously). And two years before that I went to Disneyland and Disneysea in Tokyo, there I saw people having these autographs books that you can have the Disney characters sign (Not actual cartoon characters coming to life.. but people dressed up as the characters). At first I thought it was a silly idea and laughed at the idea..... but then I WANTED it. So when I got to Disneyland California, I bought an autograph book and made it my mission to get all the signatures from all the characters! I even left blank pages for important characters like Mickey and Donald at the front, and if I have a Woody signature, I would leave a blank page for Buzz Lightyear next to it, I was really organised. So there I was happily walking around the park looking for characters,  I got a couple of them like Goofy and Chip and Dale already, and while walking I noticed a line for Nick Wilde from Zootopia! I thought thats awesome, thats not a character you see often, so I lined up. And it was the biggest mistake in my life... Britney Spears - Fuchila 

Nick had a helper next to him that helps organise the lines and sometimes holds camera for you. The helper also does all the talking as the characters are not allowed to talk, I guess not everyone in the costume can put on the character's voice? (They need to hire me for Mickey and Goofy tho, I do a pretty impressive Mickey and Goofy impression), All the characters do signings though..  or so I thought. So when it was my turn, the helper happened to be away to organise the lines at the back, so I kindly asked Nick if he could sign my book. To which he looked at me silently, I just stood there waiting for a reply, silence.. I thought maybe the person inside the suit had a heat stroke and fainted or something. I asked again, to which he shook his head. I was confused, but thought maybe he was being Nick Wilde and maybe he wanted to be cheeky, just before I had Chip pretend to be not moving and when you go up to him he would move to scare you, I had Woody tapping on my shoulder so I would look at him and he would pretend it wasn't him. So I awkwardly laugh and asked him why not... which was a mistake because Nick cannot talk.. this went on for like a whole minute. At one point Nick even took my autograph book and put it behind his back, now THAT was Nick being playful... except Im not 5, so I just awkardly be like 'hey.. you got me! Give it back haha..' , and yes to make matters worse, this was seen by all the people waiting in line. Eventually after what felt like an hour, the helper person came back and said "Oh sorry Nick doesn't do autograph". I was thinking, why didnt you come back earlier to tell me that! NOOOO sobbing - crying And it seriously would've been fine if the person inside the suit broke out of character and just whisper to me like "Hey buddy sorry its not in my job description to sign autographs.", like I would've been ok with that, but I guess the Disney magic would've been broken, and he would've been thrown into the Disney castle dungeon. So I took back the signing book ready to leave.. and the helper asked if I wanted a photo with Nick, I seriously wanted to just say no and get the heck out of there, the people in line was already frustrated that I got into this one sided conversation with Nick for so long. The helper took the photo for me, and when I looked back at the photo, I looked like crap, cos I felt like crap. I have since deleted the photo as it just reminded me of how cringy the whole situation was.

So, every time I want an autograph from a character, I would ASK them first to see if they actually do signing, and from experience EVERY character I have asked said yes, except for Nick, so he was an unusual case, perhaps they don't use that character a lot so they didn't have time to train the actor to do his signature? Perhaps his costume had big claws and he couldn't hold a pen. Perhaps King Mickey hates me. Anyway, everytime I see Nick Wilde I just think about this incident and it makes me cringe, literally my heartbeat increases and I sweat thinking about Nick Wilde. Utter Disgust/Ultimate Cringe Face   It was a pretty wilde experience.

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D-ElaineDezsoHobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'm just dropping in because I just found your amazing art and this story is sooo relatable! I went to Disney Orlando last year (and would've killed to meet Judy and Nick!) and had a few embarassing character experiences myself. Worst was my first time getting to meet one of the Minneys, I was swinging my arm to put it behind her shoulder and pose for a photo and instead smacked her in the face. Nearly knocked her head/mask off. I think I still have the photo, but I just cringe every time I look at it, haha...
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Ry-SpiritProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words. LOL oh gosh you almost killed minnie!! HOW COULD U XD
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RobinTheBardHobbyist Traditional Artist
He probably can't see what he's doing enough to sign XD Or they haven't established what his signature would look like yet.  I know I got really annoyed back when I was getting them because FREAKING BALOO WROTE HIS SIGNATURE OVER ANOTHER CHARACTER'S BECAUSE HE COULDN'T SEE WHAT HE WAS DOING!!! *shakes fist* XD
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Ry-SpiritProfessional Digital Artist
yeah probably!
Tyrenore's avatar
oof i'm sorry that happened
i'm also from australia and it's soulcrushing that we don't have disneyland here ;-;
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IzumigeeProfessional Traditional Artist
I'm going to the Disneyland Paris in December so good to know thanks. At least your traumatic experience can now make people like me all the wiser. xD
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RTNightmareHobbyist General Artist
Holy crap. That’s messed up. They need to do better with that. Because if they are ruining the experience for anyone, then they messed up. Disney can’t do that. It’s like a law. 

I hope you have a better time in the future. 
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pastel-tacoHobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh my gosh. I kinda feel ya with the DisneyLand character stuff. This one time I was with my sister, mom, my moste (aunt) and my cousins who were visiting from Denmark, and we were trying to decide where we wanted to meet up, since my cousins wanted to go by themselves. I guess you could say we were pretty concentrated, because we were planning a time and place to meet up, and out of nowhere, a Peter Pan actor scared the living crap out of us. He laughed of course, I kind of laughed too, but I remember hearing my mom say she almost slapped him across the face when it happened. Sooo :)))
Oh, and then he ate one of the fruit snacks we had. Lol.
Ry-Spirit's avatar
Ry-SpiritProfessional Digital Artist
LOl woulda been funny if she slapped Peter Pan.. slap the fairy dust off of him...
my-ocs-wanna-kill-me's avatar
my-ocs-wanna-kill-meStudent Digital Artist
I’ve never been to any Disney World/land >.< Honestly the whole thing seems more stressful than magical m(_ _)m
blsam's avatar
blsamHobbyist Artist
What makes you sure that things inside those costumes are humans? 

Actually, to me, I don't like them, it scares me more than humans, coz, after all, they are strangers hiding in costumes. 

And maybe some criminals hides there, or spirits! 

The idea of devils hides in fabulous look always stuck in my mind for no reason?! 

===

Anyway, sometimes taking pictures is enough. 
Marigi245's avatar
I always thought robots
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blsamHobbyist Artist
Robots end up makes accidents, 

but humans who mostly kill. 
sky665's avatar
sky665Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah some of the characters with no hands (Like R2D2 and Mcqueen) can't sign for autographs and some with complicated costumes usuuaaly can't? (But there's sometimes rare times when they can? I guess it must depend on the person who is inside the costume if they've mastered the art of drawing with giant hands or not? XD ) Sully and Mike Wazowski apparently can't sign autographs either. I've heard that there's a chance even Woody and Buzz won't sign OR they might have like a "stamper" with them instead? Beast usually can't either although some have said if he's with Belle she could sign for him?

I GUESS basically it was just a socially awkward and harsh lesson learned to ask first before waiting in line if the characters without human-y hands can sign your book first or not? Sorry to hear your visit with Nick didn't go well!

I've only met Judy and I don't have a book for autographs- so we just took photos. She gave me a lot of kisses haha
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bonbonniHobbyist Digital Artist
I went to disney world a looong time ago and buzz had a stamp
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KirasDarkLightStudent Digital Artist
I'm excited to go to Disney Japan this October, hopefully there aren't any awkward moments like that. XAx Though that is surprising they wouldn't tell you ahead of time.
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DeadlyCuddlesHobbyist General Artist
Inside secret from someone who knows a former character actor. The fursuit actors don't talk bcuz they aren't always the same person as with lookalike actors. That's why they have a handler and are trained not to speak at all, it simply ruins the magic and would be pretty terrifying. So next time, just say hi and let them sign the card, makes it easier fo everyone.
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ElandriaProfessional General Artist
D; o.0  That made my eyeball twitch. 
barcod's avatar
I’m going in september
im planning on doing the same, as many autographs as possible
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LarissaLyskoHobbyist Digital Artist
dang that’s really weird : /
usually when the character’s suits have big hands, they use a stamp to sign it. that’s what frozone and mr incredible had to do for me anyhow. sorry that happened : //
Deezmo's avatar
DeezmoHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh noooo I hate it when that shit happens! It just ruins the character for you! 

Had a similar thing happen with the actor who played Gimli in LotR's. Asked for a photo with him cause my mum was a big fan an she was there an wanted one too, but he IGNORED us an just continued signing.
It was later that I found out you had to buy photos and sessions with the actors for a photo. My bad, I did. Not. Know.
Why not just tell me instead of ignore us? Made us feel bad.. but.. whatever I guess, he was really nice up till that point.
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Quills-IncorporatedHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, just reading this made me wanna curl up into a ball
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Lullaby-of-the-LostProfessional Digital Artist
And to rub it in even more we don't have any Disney Stores either.
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Ry-SpiritProfessional Digital Artist
we used to. a long time ago I remember, in Sydney Westfield there used to be one next to Toys R Us. now we dont have neither.
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