There’s a rumor (that I think is actually true) that dressed up Disney characters in the parks cannot take off their masks under any circumstances (and yes, that stands even if you get sick inside your costume or experience heat stroke). It’s a rather Draconian-seeming rule until you think about the negative effect a headless Minnie Mouse may have on a plucky 4 year old girl.
If you’re still having trouble visualizing how that may be scarring, take a look at Ken Hermann’s photography series of the un-masked characters who populate the touristy Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Minnie Mouse and the Mad Hatter look tired, Darth Vader is bored and alone, and Bumblebee is giving the camera a “yeah, I know, and what of it?” challenging stare. Isn’t it always disconcerting to see the man behind the curtain with the sunshine and smiles stripped away? [h/t buzzfeed.com]