Rest easy: the "MickMo Challenge" is a hoax -- mostly |

Rest easy: the “MickMo Challenge” is a hoax — mostly

Creepy mouse photo by Phil Scoville [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr (altered, thankfully).

It turns out they’re just normal Disney Parks commercials.

UNCLE WALT’S H.Q., SVALBARD — Rumors have swirled for years about children being influenced by videos in which an image of Mickey Mouse appears and entices the children to beg their parents for a trip to a Disney park.

The videos reportedly show images of people laughing and enjoying themselves at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. And they all end with an invitation for children or their parents to call a certain number or consult a travel agent to book a trip.

True, but false

Your trusty reporters have investigated and determined (1) the videos are absolutely real, but (2) they are just normal — and legal — Disney Parks commercials. Nothing to be done about that.

Just be vigilant about who you let watch them; they are incredibly persuasive. In fact, our entire office is heading to Walt Disney World now just because we’ve been watching all those commercials for this article.

We deeply apologize for the creepy picture of Mickey. 

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Cover photo: Creepy mouse photo by Phil Scoville [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr (altered, thankfully).