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Old 12-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #16
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Clowns scare the crap out of me, so this won't be good IMO.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:42 AM   #17
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I'm not really sure what Disney is thinking with this. Clowns don't bother me personally but I know way too many people who ARE bothered by clowns in a big way. And I know they will refuse to go back to the area, kind of like how I run past Italy in WS when the mime is out there *shutters*.
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~LOL. I'm really surprised by the reaction in this thread, it just cracks me up. I really thought I was among the few that felt this way. I blame Steven King -- that clown in the forest ruined any chance of me ever liking a clown! I wonder if Disney researched the seedy, controversial history of the circus, before choosing to expand on this theme. With that said, I think Storybook Circus is just beautiful, and for the most part, I *think* people will embrace the clowns.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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I know an awful lot people who are freaked out by characters. That doesn't seem to stop Disney. People are terrified by heights. And small spaces. And crowds. Disney can't possibly cater to phobias. It's an impossible task.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:16 PM   #20
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Wow, there's a lot of deep anti-clown sentiment out there. Clowns don't appeal to me, and I know I could easily scare my husband by adopting any clowniness, but still, seems like clowns have a lot of haters.

Makes sense with the theme and I'd be surprised if Disney didn't do clowns in the least scary way possible.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:26 PM   #21
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I have to say, this scares the crap outta me.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:30 PM   #22
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I hate clowns - the only thing scarier than having them chase me through Fantasyland is seeing one of them slide down the pool slide at the Boardwalk Inn.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #23
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There are kids who are scared of the villains, but no one ever calls for the Villains to be taken out of meet & greets or events.

There are people who are scared to death of drop rides and roller coasters -- no one advocates closing them.

There are people who are afraid of snakes, bats, bugs, and all number of other critters. No one says "close Animal Kingdom".

If you're afraid of clowns, simply check the Giggle Gang's performance schedule and avoid the Storybook Circus area of the park during those times.

See? That wasn't so hard.

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:07 PM   #24
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And I know they will refuse to go back to the area, kind of like how I run past Italy in WS when the mime is out there *shutters*.
me too!!! If a clown gets near me on our upcoming trip I will probably cry.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #25
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I am not afraid of clowns, I just find them not amusing at all. I think they are loud and obnoxious and I associate them with cheap carnivals, not high level park like Disney. It is just so .
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:42 AM   #26
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I know an awful lot people who are freaked out by characters. That doesn't seem to stop Disney. People are terrified by heights. And small spaces. And crowds. Disney can't possibly cater to phobias. It's an impossible task.
This is a good point. I have a niece who is terrified of costumed characters. Mickey Mouse, Chuck E Cheese, sports mascots, it doesn't matter. She still managed to go to Disney World.

I'm terrified of bugs. You know what I do? I just don't go see It's Tough to Be a Bug.

Give it a chance, people!
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I don't like clowns at all! They used to scare the crap outta me when I was younger, and now I still can't stand being close to them. But they're a good addition to the theme and that's what Disney's going for.

But since I'm not a huge Dumbo fan (Or a circus fan) I'll probably just stay away from that section of the park. But hey, at least they're not the clowns from Dumbo, which someone told me were supposed to be added to the Barnstormer for it's retheme. Hate those guys.

When my brother finds out about these guys he'll have a hoot trying to torture me.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #28
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I am not afraid of clowns, I just find them not amusing at all. I think they are loud and obnoxious and I associate them with cheap carnivals, not high level park like Disney. It is just so .
My thoughts exactly. This just doesn't seem to be right for a Disney level. I've never liked clowns and never found them funny, just bizarre.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #29
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I'm not sure comparing fear of clowns to fear of other characters or roller coasters is fair. The percentage of people who have an aversion to clowns is huge compared to the other fears mentioned, just look at the reactions in this thread. When you read a thread about a new meet-n-greet or something, you don't get an overwhelming number of responses saying "Oh my God, I'm absolutely terrified of Brer Rabbit, I will be avoiding this area for sure." But clowns......?

Not sure what Disney was thinking with this one. I'm willing to bet there are more people out there who hate clowns than there are people who like them.
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Actually I looked this up before I posted the first time. It's about 10% of the American population.

25% are afraid of spiders. I am one. I do not love ITTBAB.

I personally know many adults and tons of small kids who are TERRIFIED of characters. There even is an entire thread of photos of people freaking out when characters come up to them.
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