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09-11-2007, 08:29 PM
We were in DL for 5 days last week. My 4 year old had look forward since our May trip to seeing Captain Jack. It was all I heard about for months was her getting his autograph. So the big day came and captain jack was a total jerk. I know he is not pooh, but her walk up and took her book and then walked away with it. She was very upset and he did nothing to make it better. We walk over and took her pen and walked away as well. The he made fn of her for crying. It was basically everything I could do to keep from breaking captain jack in half. I know he is an adult character but it is still a park for all ages and the guys playing him shoudl be able to play to the kids as well.

09-11-2007, 09:35 PM
its probably a good thing you didnt run into Cruella, that would have done your little one in. Cruella chastised my little girl for stepping on her "italian leather loafers, dahling" luckily my kid just rolled her eyes and wiped her hands on her cloak.

Captain Jack was behaving in character, a not so very nice character.

09-11-2007, 10:04 PM
Thats Capt. Jack. Cruella is also like that. Cruella still scares my 21 going on 30yo daughter by threatening to take her dog each trip. Captain Jack was playing, probably didn't have the best show for a 4 yo, but that is just how that character is.

09-12-2007, 07:01 AM
We see him do this with the kids all of the time. Most find it funny and love chasing him to get their books/pens back. My kid loves the way Jack plays around with everyone.

09-12-2007, 07:50 AM
Has said four year old seen the movies?

09-12-2007, 07:52 AM
Maybe if said Jack saw he was upsetting your daughter he should have played it down a little.

09-12-2007, 07:57 AM
fwiw. my daughter loved CJ. She spent almost 15 minutes with him, solo, and had a blast. He made fun of her Cheshire Cat visor, her crush on him, and that "Will Turner". They had a great time together, and I've got pic's to prove it.

09-12-2007, 08:01 AM
Yeah, Jack should have taken a different tack when he saw his act wasn't working for this little girl.
The Jack I met was so incredibly good at parleying with the guests. It's too bad he wasn't on his game with this one.

09-12-2007, 09:36 AM
I've seen him do it a number of times and everyone always found it to be funny. However, I can see why a 4yo would find it scary to have one of her disney heros taking things from her.

09-12-2007, 10:01 AM
I believe he was just acting out the spirit of being a pirate! He did this to my son but was just being funny!!!!!!:~D

09-12-2007, 01:05 PM
When I was 4 years old, I had very long auburn hair that went all the way down my back to my waist. I had it in long ponytails when we went to Disneyland once, back in the days of the old Indian Village, with the supposed "real" Indians.

While we were standing there watching the show, one of the big indian chiefs came up to me, grabbed my ponytails, took out his big knife, put it up to my ponytails and said he needed to get "just that color" scalp for his belt!!

There were no examples of what kind of "characters" the Indians would be, you came to the village to watch them do a dance show, so I had no warning that something like this could or would happen to me! You can well imagine how shocked and scared I was, especially at such a young age!!

I don't think I ever went back to the Indian Village after that.

09-12-2007, 01:18 PM
When I was there in May I saw a different side of Captain Jack...oh, he was still very much in character....but a little girl, 4 or 5, was rushing up to get his autograph, just as the CM was beginning to lead him away for a break...he saw the little girl, how disappointed she looked.....stopped, looked at her, then said with that infamous hand movement motioning her towards him, "Bring it on", and signed her book. I loved it!!

09-12-2007, 01:32 PM
Has seen the first movie and loved captain jack. She thinks it is funny that he always runs away from a fight. It is just too bad that he didn;t look at the situation and realize that his act was not working. I know he was acting like a pirate but even Cruela tones is down where she is scaring kids.

Anyway, it won't keep us from returning in October it will just keep us off the island

09-12-2007, 03:38 PM
I have four granddaughters, 11, 9, 6, 3. We've taken them to Disneyland three times in the last five years. I find that what scared them the last trip doesn't scare them the next trip, within their height range of course. We're waiting till 2011 to take them again so we'll all be big enough.

09-12-2007, 07:17 PM
He's not a "Disney Hero." He's a character from a PG-13 movie series.

09-12-2007, 08:26 PM
He's not a "Disney Hero." He's a character from a PG-13 movie series.

Is too.

A Touch of Destiny
09-12-2007, 08:36 PM
Captain Jack is my hero :D

Glass Slipper
09-12-2007, 08:44 PM
It sounds like this guy has become more popular than Mickey or Cinderella!:confused: I like the Jack Sparrow theme in POTC, but I don't think I'd care to make a special trip to TSI just to see him....and I'm not a kid. I'll stick with the "classic" Disney characters any day!

The Evil Queen
09-12-2007, 08:57 PM
Yeah, Jack should have taken a different tack when he saw his act wasn't working for this little girl.
The Jack I met was so incredibly good at parleying with the guests. It's too bad he wasn't on his game with this one.

Yeah...us, too. My son was bent on getting Capt. Jack's autograph. He basically called my son a brat and snubbed us. I agree that he is a "villian" type of character, but come on...I've seen Cruella many time, but most kids have seen her movies and kinda "get it".

I don't think the kids "get it" with Capt. Jack. :(

However, I think he's a kick! ;) I just don't like to see the kids sad. Afterall, THAT's what they remember...

09-12-2007, 09:21 PM
jack did the same thing to us as well, we found him funny and thought he was very much in character, but i could see where a 4 year old wouldnt understand the "act" like us adults do...

09-12-2007, 09:27 PM
I think Captain Jack is one of the BEST characters that I have encountered! He had so much fun teasing the 4 kids in our group....so they teased right back, and played along with him! He even has the swagger perfected! But then we have also watched each of the movies several times, and understood what to expect from the actor! We did have the opportunity to see a softer side of him too though, when a disappointed little one was turned away because it was break time....he turned from his escort and made sure the little one was not disappointed, giving him an autograph and letting his parents take photos. I will be sure to visit him again if he is still there on our next trip!

Mrs Mouse
09-12-2007, 09:58 PM
I think that it comes down to the type of children that he is interacting with. Personally, I think that the person portraying him should be able to read his audience and gauge his behavior accordingly. For the majority of the time, be in typical "villain" character. Some children can understand and appreciate the teasing, whereas others can not. If he sees that a child is hurt or offended by his actions, then Jack should change his spiel a bit. It sounds as if this Jack was too "in character" to pay attention to the responses of his audience.

09-13-2007, 11:21 AM
For the many Jack Sparrow fans, including a character at Disneyland is wonderful.

09-14-2007, 11:01 AM
Come on. The Captain Jack I met was so in character and he had to interact with and be entertaining to so many different people with their different expectations and spiels. I can't think of any character or cm who is does as much unscripted comedy as Captain Jack. Plus I learned why the kids love the characters so much. It's like stepping into and being part of the fantasy. Jack really did it for me.

09-14-2007, 11:56 AM
I'm just curious... How EXACTLY did the Captain "make fun of" your child? Did he say like 'Ha ha stupid cry baby!" or something? Cuz really at this point we're just assuming he was in character with no evidence to the contrary or why you would be so offended on behalf of your child. So, what did he SAY?