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Disneyland-Area Hotel Workers Dressed Up as Disney Characters

For the past two years, workers represented by Unite Here Local 11, the union for Disneyland hotel workers, have battled the Happiest Place on Earth in a labor dispute involving health benefits. These employees have staged hunger strikes, sit-ins and press conferences to draw attention to their cause, but no effort has been more of a chinga tu madre to the Mouse than protesters dressing up as Disney characters—Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and many, many more. Such tactics have led to more than a few quizzical looks from tourists and too many classic media moments—after all, the sight of Mickey Mouse being dragged off in handcuffs for blocking Harbor Boulevard, as happened in 2008, is simply too awesome to ignore.

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