Meeting characters in the Disney theme parks makes for exciting and memorable encounters with childhood heroes. Like everything in the parks, character greetings reach a top-notch level of excellence and attention to detail. Each character embodies his or her animated persona’s personality to a tee, and some of them have particular quirks that they will do on cue if one knows what to say. For instance, if the very word “mustard” is uttered in the Mad Hatter’s presence, he will likely lecture on what a horribly foul condiment it is. Likewise, if Cinderella’s stepsisters are asked to perform their notorious “Sing Sweet Nightingale,” they will… belting out off-key true to their characters, no less. Tigger can teach anyone who wishes how to bounce. The list goes on.
But there was one that was virtually unknown before it was shut down for good following a surge of attention. Last week a photo went viral claiming that if anyone yells, “Andy’s coming!” near Toy Story characters, they will drop to the ground and remain still just like they do in their movies when their owner enters his room. How so inexplicably awesome is that? Kudos to whoever thought it up, but, alas, its continuation was not meant to be.
Once the photo was retweeted by practically everyone this side of the Prime Meridian, Disney guests began saying the phrase more and more frequently to the point of being ridiculous, and eventually the towel was thrown in. The Toy Story characters no longer respond to “Andy’s coming!,” as confirmed by the Orlando Sentinel.
I suspect that Disney management was not aware of the quirk until it went viral, and upon realizing its existence asked that the characters no longer do it for safety purposes. Pair that with every few guests shouting the phrase expecting the quite cumbersome action, and it makes sense to shut it down.
Toy Story characters are still meetable in the parks, they just won’t do anything when you tell them “Andy’s coming!” This is such a fun thing that it’s disappointing to see it go, but the removal is understandable.