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!