Disney surprises shoppers with heartwarming shadow prank

No matter how hectic or crappy your day is, the two minutes or so you spend watching this video will make it infinitely better.

As part of its "Show Your Disney Side" promotional campaign, Walt Disney World Resort surprised shoppers at a Long Island, New York, mall with a hidden-camera prank. As the unsuspecting visitors pass by the covered glass of the "Umbra Penumbra Magic Shop," they're surprised to see they cast some awfully familiar shadows -- Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Anna and Cinderella, among them (umbra and penumbra are two parts of a shadow).

While I realize this is marketing, it's still pretty amazing to see how the people -- from toddlers to teens to the elderly, and from all walks of life -- interact with the shadows, with one guy gleefully challenging Mickey to a dance-off. The reaction when the Disney characters finally reveal themselves is priceless, too, with one girl pushed to the verge of tears.

(via Uproxx)

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