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Topic: Clapping Guy?

Wed 10/26/2011 4:48p
So, we were in line for Star Tours and heard a guest (and older, Asian gentleman) clapping in a specific rhthym. Then a few castmembers started to clap along with him. As we were exiting the ride, I could hear him clapping down the hall; as soon as a few castmembers heard him, they started clapping too as well as shaking his hand, etc. (Actually, I think it's more of a fist bump type thing.)

I thought it was a wee bit odd but was mostly charmed by it. It reminded me of how much I love the interaction between castmembers and guests.

A day or two later, I was waiting for my family to exit Autopia and I heard the telltale clapping, as well as the castmembers joining along.

Anyway, he obviously spends a lot of time at Disneyland; I am intrigued. Anyone know this guy's story?
Wed 10/26/2011 5:33p
I don't know anything about him but it I would like to know more.

Maybe an idea for flash mob clapping???

Wed 10/26/2011 5:40p
It was cool to see so many (probably at least 10 different castmembers) clapping with him. I did see him in Adventureland; he passed by us as we were going through the Indy queue. There weren't any castmembers anywhere nearby. Just fun that they'd clap along even when he was far away.
Wed 10/26/2011 7:04p
He has been seen in downtown Disney. I found a YouTube video here:
Wed 10/26/2011 7:37p
Hm, this video says Disneyworld, we saw him at Disneyland. I don't think this is the same guy but he's too far away to tell; could be!

He usually does a specific sequence of claps and then stops, only for a minute or so.

Now I'm even more intrigued! LOL
Wed 10/26/2011 7:40p
Since the cast members join in, his story is a curious one.
Thu 10/27/2011 3:43a
First observation...this looks like DTD in Disneyland to me (I could be wrong about that)

Second observation...I'm not sure about the "stability" of that person. If it had some sort of cadence or anything other then just repeated claps, I might think differently but anyone that would just clap his hands like that, for no apparent reason, requires caution, IMHO. Could be that the CM's clap along to humor him and keep him from pulling an AK 47 out and mowing down the crowd.

All this, of course, is mere speculation. :-) I'll try to keep a more cheerful outlook the rest of the day.
Thu 10/27/2011 6:51a
Yes, it's a specific cadence/rhthym and he only does it a few rounds.

I'm sure he's a bit "special" but the cast members, who were sometimes out of sight when they started clapping along, seemed to genuinely like him. They clearly could have ignored him but didn't want to.

He seemed quite harmless and, other than his clapping, he was quiet and unimposing.
Thu 10/27/2011 8:01a
Well, we all have our "little thing" and I suppose when you consider the list, his is pretty harmless and somewhat endearing. Long live the clapper. Clap on...Clap off!:-)
Thu 10/27/2011 1:42p
The YouTube video is shot in Orlando, no doubt about that.

Never met or saw the Clapping Man.

I do remember the dear old guy who used to roam Disneyland "finding things." But he never engaged in call-and-response clapping.

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