Back stage at Disneyland is a special place. The limbo between the ‘Magic Kingdom’ and the real world. It is the area just behind the buildings on Main Street USA. It’s the place where cast members take a break, characters remove their heads and shop lifters are marched through to the Disney security office (“Disney Jail”).
When we auditioned to perform at Disneyland in the ’80s…one of our audition acts was our stilt walking act.
When we came ‘off set’ and went back stage we noticed a limo pulling up. This was unusual.
A young performer stepped out and ran over to the 4 of us. He reached up and shook our hands then just as quickly he was gone….out into the park.
An odd feeling then and now. He was a public character that we could both celebrate and satire.
But backstage at Disneyland that hot afternoon…he was just another happy fan enjoying the playful magic that comes so rarely and is so much a part of what makes us human.