Teen dressed as Tinkerbell breaks down in tears after being denied entry to Disney World – because she “looks too good”
A teenager was left heartbroken after she was stopped from going into a Disney theme park dressed as Tinkerbell.
April Spielman had spent hours getting ready as the character to try and make her boyfriend”s first visit to Disney World memorable.
While she dressed as the fairy Tinkerbell her boyfriend wore a Peter Pan costume.
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Surprise: April Spielman said she spent months working on costumes for her and her boyfriend because she wanted to make his first trip to Walt Disney World memorable
But when they tried to go into Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, they were barred by security guards who stopped them at the front gate.
Spielman,15, was only allowed inside after she covered up her costume with a T-shirt.
DISNEY DRESS CODE
Entry may be refused to guests who wear:
Adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character
Clothing with obscene language or graphics on it or is excessively torn
Clothing which exposes too much skin
Officials told her they did not want visitors to be confused with a Tinkerbell character that poses for photos and signs autographs.
The rejection left Spielman in tears.
“It just broke my heart,” she told WKMG, adding that she had got up at 4am to prepare her costume.
“I didn”t want to take off the costume. They were talking how the little girls, it ruins their dreams But it ruined my dreams because I just want to be Tinkerbell.”
Spielman said she had worn the costume as she wanted to make her boyfriend”s first visit to Disney World in Orlando special and prepared for months so they could be the character”s from the film Peter Pan.
“My makeup took two hours, my hair took another hour, and then I had to spray my body in glitter and paint my nails,” she said.
“They were talking about how little girls, it ruins their dreams. But it ruined my dream because I just wanted to be Tinkerbell.”
Tears: Spielman sobbed after being told she had to take off her costume and change into something else
She said they were able to walk roundthe Disney Hollywood Studio theme park dressed in character but at Animal Kingdom were refused entry.
Spielman said Disney staff told her she looked too much like the theme park”s Tinkerbell.
Disney World”s dress code for visitors, which is published on the resort”s website, states “adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character” is inappropriate theme park attire that “may result inrefusal of admittance”.
Officials gave Spielman a free T-shirt to wear instead of her costume.
They also provided her family with FastPass tickets, which enabled them to skip the lines on rides they missed while the teenager was changing clothes.
Crackdown: Spielman said they were able to walk round the Disney Hollywood Studio theme park dressed in character but at Animal Kingdom were refused entry