Monday, June 30, 2008

Bugs Bunny Barf

One of my favorite theme park stories comes not from Disneyland, not from any of the other half dozen theme parks I've worked in, but from a Six Flags Great America park in Chicago, Illinois.

Dan-from-Chicago told this story to me. So, mind you, it might simply be another urban legend . . .

Bugs Bunny threw up inside his head. The performer that was dressed in the Bugs Bunny costume had vomited while his rabbit head was still on.

He did not go backstage to clean up. Instead, he panicked. He panicked at the thought of missing an entrance cue, and at the thought of the audience hearing Bugs Bunny's voice through the speakers with no Bugs Bunny on stage.

So, on stage he went. Even in a Six Flags theme park, the show must go on!

Vomit dripped from his bunny head on stage. The dancers knew he had gotten sick inside his costume, so, a few of them were a foot or two away from their marks. During the dance routine, extra large grand jetés were made over small puddles of puke.

Poor, sickly Bugs plowed through the show's dance routine, which included turns and spins. He clogged up the costume's eye screens. Bugs wiped his eyes with his costume's gloves to clear his vision. During the partnering section of the routine, a female dancer got to feel his soggy bunny paws.

I have almost thrown up in a bunny head, myself, after riding the teacups at Disneyland, dressed as the White Rabbit. So, I really should have more empathy, but I'm sorry - I know I would be weak from giggling if I were one of the other performers in that show, had I seen that happening.

More flags, more fun, indeed!


Cheryl said...

I used to know a guy who'd spent a lot of time breaking up fights between bitchy moms while dressed as Chuck E. Cheese. Seems like not a lot of good goes on inside those costumes.

Peter Varvel said...

There was a great interview in the Los Angeles Times magazine with an actor who used to portray Jack Sparrow at Disneyland park. He said he had to deal with some very forward and horny women - some of them moms, LOL!

the Constantly Dramatic One said...


I did not hit Six Flags when I was in Chicago. Damn. Could have seen the bunny though =p

contrarymary said...

That was hilarious.
I completely LOL'ed.
I personally would have started throwing up too.
I am adding your blog to my blog list.
And now you have me worried about karma. I am going to start putting bus in my neigbor's yard.

Peter Varvel said...

I think the random theme parks in different parts of Asia are more interesting, even if they're smaller, and more unique than America's.

CM, thanks for the addy . . . does being Asian(-American) mean having to be more concerned about things like karma and reincarnation?