Was it during parade? The only times Ive seen characters in that corner of Tomorrowland is when the parade displaces the Main St meet n greet characters - if you get my drift. TL is the only place they can meet without crossing the parade route unless they sit out a set...
What was witnessed here was a "parade set." For decades, characters who normally spend their days on Main Street and Fantasyland will head to Tomorrowland during the parade - if they were out on Main Street, they'd be waving to themselves as they went by on a float. So, since they are still being paid to be there, Disney deploys them to Tomorrowland where they're out of view from the parade. This is nothing new.
As for the characters being out of theme, Disney doesn't care. It's simply a measure to get characters out of the way of the parades.
Perhaps it seems like a double standard, but a land like Tomorrowland or Fantasyland, which are more "anything goes" seems like it would be able to handle out of theme characters making an appearance without disrupting things than say New Orleans Square or Frontierland.
As one said earlier, it was probably a new hire training day. All character department new hires are put thru an orientation and then do what is called a set time in one area together one a few at a time. Since there are many hired in a height range, you will often see characters that are not often seen in order to get everyone into a costume. Usually these sets are done in New Orleans Square back by the train station, but I have seen them done elsewhere. No reason to panic, it is actually kinda cool
Overheard on a Disney Security Walkie Talkie: "Security, we have a guest beating the pulp out of a Baloo walkaround character in Tomorrowland. Can you please escort him to a more appropriately themed part of the park."
It is not that serious to make someone furious. Yes, it is an odd choice, but why let it bother you so much?
That's the worst part? Are guests expected to boo and jeer until Baloo cowers and heads for backstage? Let them enjoy seeing a character they like.
Well it made OP furious enough to post the picture 5 times in his post. I say just keep moving and let the people getting pictures and autographs enjoy! But I think they do this when training new employees. I ran into one of these on Thunder Mtn trail. It was about 5 rare characters I had never seen before. Baloo was one and I forget the rest as it was a while ago but I remember never seeing them in the parks before.
Is it possible that this is also what happened with Baloo/Goofy? They were on their way somewhere else, but were stopped by guests and didn't exactly want to refuse? I don't really know the context of the picture taken by the OP, although I do think it's weird as I've never seen anything like this happen before.
well they wouldent be as dep into tommmorowland if that were trhe case. goffy was near autopia near the exit/entrence to the tommorowland station of the raiolroad. and baloo was near space mountain
You aren't overreacting at all... well maybe a little bit, but your core point is valid. This character encounter seems most like a modern day version of the old Walt seeing a cowboy in Tomorrowland story (or was it a spaceman in Frontierland? ).
Why is Baloo not in featured in Star Tours? Because theme is important to that story. Why doesn't Baloo belong in Tomorrowland? Because theme is important to the story being told in that land. If you are of the camp that thinks Baloo shouldn't be in Star Tours but is okay to exist in Tomorrowland, then you place a much greater importance on theme congruence within an attraction, and place virtually no importance on theme congruence within a land. That is fine, but what then is to separate a park like Disneyland from Universal Studios (where theme is only emphasized within individual attractions)?
If you are of this "what's the big deal" camp, then what's the big deal with putting a spaceman in Frontierland? Why even have lands at all? As long as people seem to enjoy it... right? (remember, that people also enjoy the county fair, they just don't pay $100 to enter it).
I'm not sure of your point about Tomorrowland. What is Fantasyland but a land about flying elephants, sailing around the world and princesses?
Just because the Tomorrowland theme is imperfect (which is where I agree with you) doesn't mean we should abandon it, does it? Wouldn't a better solution be to strive to improve it?
I agree that characters should be kept within their respectable lands, ideally. However my reaction to this situation would not be to feel furious and be angry with people excited to see the character. I would actually probably be one of those people, as I have never seen Baloo, and would be really happy for the chance to get a picture with him.
I wouldn't mind it if it were an occasional thing--I'd be glad! Extra surprise character to see! And maybe less of a line if people aren't expecting him there? But if Baloo were in TL permanently, I could see where the problem would be.
We saw this a couple of weeks ago as well. My husband was a little irritated at it, seeing Adventureland and Fantasyland characters all over by Space Mountain.
Peter Pan: "You know, your hair is on fire."
Me: "Yes. It happened after a recent trip to Neverland."
Peter Pan: "Well, you can dunk your head in the pond behind us, if you want."
Lost Child of Neverland since 1996. ~Favorite Hero: Peter Pan. Favorite Villian:Malificent.Favorite Ride: The Haunted Mansion.~