One Florida theme park has a fun way to make sure guests obey their new coronavirus rules — an overly aggressive, but totally well-meaning furry mascot, which seems very effective.
The place is called Gatorland, and it’s in Orlando — not too far from Disney World, Universal Studios and all the other family-friendly facilities nearby. They just reopened Saturday, and they rolled out a new costumed character to enforce their safety guidelines.
Meet the Social Distancing Skunk Ape!!! The name is just as subtle as his intro video that the company posted, which goes into great demonstrative detail about what it’s all about. Basically, he roams around and low-key hassles non-abiding guests … gently, but firmly.
It’s an interesting idea, and certainly brings some much-needed levity to the heaviness everyone’s been feeling during all this. On Saturday, some ticket holders got to meet the Social Distancing Skunk Ape in person — and he looked just as charming as he does on YT.
The question now … is Disney and co. about to do something similar with their many mascots??? They definitely could make a few tweaks to reflect the times … The ‘Rona Humanoid Rat is one way to go. Don’t Hug Me Damsel in Distress Princess is another.
In all seriousness though, we probably already have an idea of how Disney’s going to handle their costumed workers. Shanghai Disney recently reopened, and they kept them all away from their guests on a far-away float.
Gatorland’s a little more hands on, apparently. Different strokes 🤷🏽♂️