It's time to debunk a Disney Internet rumor, and it's a shame because this one is fun, involves "Toy Story" and crowd participation. The key words are "Andy's coming!"
Making the social-media rounds is an image of two "Toy Story" walk-around characters, apparently at a Disney theme park. The photo — shared repeatedly via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other outlets — has Woody, the lanky cowboy doll, sitting lifeless in bushes while his cowgirl pal Jesse and an unidentified male are flat on the ground. Type beneath them typically claims that if someone yells "Andy's coming" around "Toy Story" characters at Disney parks, they will stop what they're doing and drop to the ground.
That would be a maneuver based on scenes from "Toy Story" films. When one character, say, a green army man, sees their young owner was heading their way, he'd yell to the others, "Andy's coming," and they would strike unanimated poses, looking like, well, strewn-about toys.
But it just isn't true at Disney World, a company spokeswoman confirmed this week. Yelling "Andy's coming" won't make the "Toy Story" characters go limp in the park, she said.
I've heard the company line ("Safety is our No. 1 priority at Walt Disney World") enough times to suspect that there would be corporate frowning over the very possibility of Woody collapsing atop a small guest. And how would the cowboy, whose costume is awkward and constricting, get back up on his boots? And couldn't the sight of a deflated Jesse be alarming to kids? Wouldn't the repeated "Andy's coming" call grow extremely tiresome during meet and greets?
Disney is less willing to say that this "Andy's coming" phenomenon has never happened on property. That could be because the Internet image is pretty striking. Plus, a video taken by the Temporary Tourist website features a cast member claiming that "Andy's coming" did have a stop-and-drop effect in the past, but the rule was changed for safety purposes.
But if that's the case, wouldn't there be more than this single image online? Or a YouTube video?
I would love to talk to Woody and friends about this … or anyone who actually witnessed it in person — no second-, third- or fourth-hand stories, please. (Email: DBevil@Tribune.com)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun