The internet is divided on how happily adults should act in the happiest place on earth.
The debate began when 27-year-old TikTok user Sarah Rachul — known on the platform as @everydayisdisney — posted a clip of herself getting emotional while kissing Goofy at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on May 3 , saw.
Now Racul speaks to The Post about the cyberbullying she has endured after sharing her heartfelt experiences on social media and why she is “concerned” about young people on TikTok.
“When you see Goofy coming around the corner after waiting 3 years to hug him again,” read the text ad above the video.
The park lifted its 2020 ban on character-guest hugs on April 18 due to COVID-19.
Racul’s clip now has more than 1.8 million views and over 7,750 comments, some shaming her for the extreme reaction.
“Ohh yeah I’m fine with Disney adults but some of you adults need to remember there’s another adult in costume lol,” noted a TikTok cynic.
Screenshots soon resurfaced on Twitter, where discussions continued.
“We need to do something about Disney adults” one warned.
“Disney is for kids” remarked another.
But the Disney superfan had good reason for her emotional reaction, she explained. “It may sound silly but my dad’s favorite character was Goofy and hugging Goofy is like hugging my dad all over again,” Racul commented on the video.
Noting this, many followers commended the bereaved family for sharing their insights into the stages of grief.
“Please take the time to read the caption. The grieving process looks different for everyone,” said TikTok user Genevieve.
“DISNEY CHARACTER PERFORMER HERE!! THIS is why we go to work every day♥️This performer loved all of it so happy for you love♥️,” TikTok user Madyson defended Edgar Racul in the comments.
Despite the wholesome clip that Rachul shared, it continued to go viral, sparking an eruption of mean comments aimed at so-called Disney adults.
Racul told the Post that while she wasn’t surprised by the backlash – “I was raised to have a thick skin too” – she worries about the impact cyberbullying could have on younger generations.
“I’ve been into some of these video duets/pricks and commentaries and a lot of the people behind the account are in middle school/high school/college,” she explained. “These are really formative years in learning how to interact with others and I worry about how brazen people have become online when criticizing strangers.”
When her grandparents, who were members of Disney Vacation Club, died, Racul and her parents began a regular tradition of visiting the park in their honor. Her last visit to the park was in 2019.
“I was surprised by my own reaction to the hug [Goofy] again,” Racul recalled. “The tears came out of nowhere. All the performers there were wonderful too and Goofy gave me a long hug and lots of special interaction because he saw it meant a lot to me.”
Post columnist Johnny Oleksinski had his say on childless millennials vacationing at Disney in 2019.
“Why do the same old, safe, and boring thing when you could buy a $280 round-trip Norwegian Airlines flight from New York to Paris right now, get an AirBnb, and sit by the Seine and sip rosé?” asked he Disney park goers in adulthood.
But for those who never want to grow up, the media giant announced in February that it was working on a real-life residential neighborhood in the Coachella Valley.