That's hilarious.This is so true. I have vivid memories of when we took our young kids to get a shot with Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, and my son (then age 3) was just not going to interact with the giant bear, tiger or donkey. He just would NOT let go of my wife. We also have some lovely video of him screaming in terror as two over-sized chipmunks dropped by during a dinner at the hotel to cheer him up.
He was a very traumatized little tyke. He's a freshman in high school now and it's hard to believe that fuzzy disney characters every made him hysterical.