Redditor Ihaveanotheridentity is a former Disney World employee who used to work as Goofy, as well as doing other jobs at the park. He recently held an AMA on Reddit. Redditor purplehpasked if he would smile for pictures even when in costume. His answer? "Almost every time."
Azuya asked, "If Goofy and Pluto are both dogs then how come Pluto has to live in a dog house while Goofy plays golf with Mickey?" His response was simply, "Goofy is better at golf." Mystery finally solved!
He also shared many photos from his days as an employee, like this one. Redditor aaronp613 asked how he would handle working on really hot days. He said, "Practice actually. It was absolute torture the first month (and especially the first parade) but after a few months I got used to it and after a few years I would forget I had the costume on."
When asked if workers loved or hated their jobs, he said, "It's really like any other job. I went through phases myself. At first, every time I farted Pixie Dust ® would blow out of my butt but after several years I got kind of bitter....On set I was fine and loved...I loved every single minute while on set (for the most part) and some of my co-workers will be friends for life. You get out of it what you put into it." Which is a good answer, but we're still not sure how he was able to do that with Pixie Dust.
Commanderlunaasked what was the funniest thing he heard a character say while in costume because it was out of character. His response? "'I just farted' - Cinderella." Which perhaps is an even more interesting story than just losing a shoe.
WilmoreROFL asked how much he got paid. He said, "I had 25 years of seniority but only made about 15 bucks an hour." So it was a magical place to work, but he probably wishes they had used that magic to pay just a little bit more.
He said that when A Goofy Movie came out, "The first time some kid asked me to do the 'Perfect Cast' (from the movie) I had no idea what he was talking about so I faked it. The kid didn't buy it but luckily I had an (attendant) tell the kid that I already forgot it." If you're not familiar with Goofy's "Perfect Cast," you can see it here.
BertManigert asked, "Is it true that someone gets fired if two of the same characters appear in the same area of the park?" He said, "I've met my double on set by accident a few times over the years... but it was just that, an accident. The only way someone would get fired (I'm only guessing here) is if they did it on purpose." But they could always explain it away by saying it's a soap opera, and one of the Goofys is the other's long lost evil twin.
When asked if he would ever speak to customers while in costume, he said, "We are NOT ALLOWED TO EVER TALK IN COSTUME IN FRONT OF GUESTS. EVER. Backstage however, anything goes. I used to love telling dirty jokes to unsuspecting new hires." Hopefully knowing that Goofy is secretly dirty doesn't completely ruin the magic.
When asked for advice for guests visiting the park, his number one tip was, "Don't pay $3.00/bottle for water. Free cups of ice water are available at most quick service food locations." So if you have no problem with tap water, this is a huge game changer.
When asked what was the weirdest request he got from a customer, he said, "A guy once asked me to choke him for a picture (I didn't). (But) I think the worst of them is when people bring their newborn infants to the parks and ask us to hold them for a picture. I can't see s**t in Goofy...and I'm wearing giant gloves...Why would you let me hold your baby? Yeesh!"
And besides, if you were going to pick a character to hold your baby, Goofy would probably be the one to avoid the most.
For his worst customer service experience, he said, "It's a tie between having my life threatened at a Grad Night party one time and one time I had to tell a guest that their son was in jail for stealing from one of the stores and she did not take it very well." Which proves that having a kid wind up at Disney jail is almost as bad as having one go to real jail.
He was also asked about his best customer service experience while working at the park. He responded with, " I was working (as Goofy) at Mickey's Character Spot at Epcot. There was an older gentleman that...just sort of stood in the back...After about 20 minutes he came up to me and said 'Goofy, I had a special friend that would want you to have this'...I couldn't see him but I heard him holding back the tears. He was shaking a bit but he gave me a hug anyway. I will never forget that hug...He had given me this...pin (pictured) they give to family members or friends of POWs and MIAs. It's become one of my most prized possessions."