Feeling victimized by the oppressive August heat? Well rest assured, it could be worse. Your livelihood could involve donning an oven-like fuzzy suit and parading around under the midday sun to the dulcet tones of children swarming all around you.
Shanghai is an inferno these days, but unlike the Shanghai Zoo’s panda cohort, the “Imagineers” over at Disneyland don’t get frozen apples and ice blocks to help them sweat out the summer. The recent record-setting heatwave’s latest casualty was Donald Duck, who fainted from exhaustion during a parade last week.
Video surfaced recently on Weibo of the character slumped down in a Disney “dream car” before park staff escorted him away from the scene. The incident adds to an already checkered history for the Donald at Shanghai Disneyland.
As another infamously temperamental Donald kicked off a 17-day “working vacation” at his private golf course in New Jersey, his Shanghai Disney counterpart earned praise online for his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft. Netizens applauded the employee’s heroic refusal to break character and his commitment to preserving childhood innocence amid oppressive conditions.
Anyone questioning the difficulty of the gig, look no further than laowai Donnie’s failed attempt to hold it down last summer:
Shanghai Disneyland would be well-advised to give the Donald and his fellow Imagineers access to the Enchanted Storybook Castle, a place that according to Donnie, “had a great breeze and provided the only shade in the park, which goes a long way when it’s 106 fucking degrees out.”
By Henry Knight
[Images via The Paper]
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