The Disney World crew set up a surprise shadow show to cheer up New York shoppers

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 19, 2015 02:00 PM

Northerners know that winter is on the offensive right now. Pummeled with with what seems to be an endless wave of snow, ice, wind and wintery mix, it’s hard for us to believe spring is in sight.

Don’t fret, the Most Magical Place on Earth is on the case. To help beat the winter blues, Disney World sent its top joy spreaders to a mall in Long Island, New York.

A crew from Disney recently set up a shadow show at one of the mall’s empty store fronts, topped with a sign for Umbra Penumbra Magic Shop (umbra and penumbra are both distinct parts of a shadow).

At first, it takes shoppers a moment to realize they are being followed by the shape of a familiar Disney character, but soon enough people are dancing along with Mickey Mouse and getting goofy with, well, Goofy.

The surprises don’t stop there. After letting their shadows have some time to play, the real characters step out from behind the screen to warm hearts face to face.