Disney is known for their amazing story telling and producing incredible characters. Some characters are scarier than others. Growing up I had reassuring nightmares about Horace and Jasper (Cruella Deville’s henchmen on 101 Dalmatians) kidnapping me so I obviously had a fear of them – which now is pretty funny to me because they really aren’t very scary. Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog is pretty creepy. And you’re lying if you don’t think Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is terrifying. I grew up watching Peter Pan quite frequently and Captain Hook is the villain – but he’s not a very intimidating villain in my opinion. I actually have always enjoyed him. He’s funny, he tries hard, he has some kind of charisma about him. So as far as villains go, he’s not a very scary one to me.
Until I go to Disneyland. I don’t know why but every time I see Captain Hook in Disneyland I feel like a little kid who’s terrified of that big character looming around them. My family really likes going to Plaza Inn for breakfast and having breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends. One of her friends thats always at breakfast is (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) Captain Hook. From a distance he is fine, but when he comes and visits our table its like he can smell my fear. Here are two examples of why I have a fear of this hook-handed man. One time he stood by me while I finished my breakfast and he didn’t care that I told him I was full. He would point at what to take a bite of next then clap and laugh. Its funny right? Right! So why was it scary to me? Last time we were there, he had me stand up to take a picture with him and he was kissing my hand and not letting me get too far away from him. Then he noticed I had a wedding ring and he wasn’t too happy with that – if you look closely at the picture above, you can tell he is actually trying to take my ring off! (sorry Captain Hook, we aren’t going to play with my wedding ring – thats valuable) Not to brag, but Captain Hook has a thing for me — and I guess it scares the heck out of me!
So there you have it. That is the reason Captain Hook (just at Disneyland) is the Disney character I fear. Is it weird and irrational? Yep. But it is what it is.