Push the Talking Trash Can got canned at Magic Kingdom, fans rise against Walt Disney World entertainment cut

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Only Disney fans understand how it can be fun to take a picture with a garbage can. But Push the Talking Trash Can isn’t just any waste bin, a popular Magic Kingdom character for many years that has delighted many guests by roaming around Tomorrowland while talking and cracking jokes. But according to insider reports, Push may soon be sent to the scrap heap.

Rumor strongly suggests Push will no longer entertain after this coming weekend. A contract dispute apparently is to blame between Disney and the man behind the trash can that, if not resolved, would leave Push homeless.


Update (2/7/14): A day and more than 3,000 Facebook “likes” later, a Disney spokesperson has now told the Orlando Sentinel that Push “isn’t going anywhere.” Mission accomplished?


Update (2/9/14): Push is officially canned. Despite what the Orlando Sentinel was told just two days ago, Disney has announced to Cast Members that Push the Talking Trash Can is indeed no longer part of Walt Disney World’s entertainment offerings. The Cast Member online portal (known as The Hub) lists the act as “permanently closed” as a result of its contract expiring. Disney has no known plans to bring Push back.

(The remainder of this original article is retained below.)

Since news of Push’s potential upcoming disappearance hit the Internet, fans have responded with hundreds of tweets using hashtag #SavePush. A “Save PUSH the Talking Trash Can” Facebook page has also received more than 2,000 “likes” in 24 hours.

When asked for a comment, a Disney spokesperson would only say that Push is indeed entertaining guests today without adding any information about its future.

Disney fans can now only fondly remember the character’s antics through many online videos, such as the one below in which Push summons a few Steven Spielberg-inspired movie moments.


Video: PUSH the Trash Can does Jaws, Indiana Jones at Walt DIsney World

57 Comments

  1. Barry Moss

    It hard to know what’s really going on–a “contract dispute” can mean so many things. Perhaps Disney want’s to cut the performers hours, wages or benefits. Or perhaps the performer is demanding a large wage increase or change in working conditions. It would be a shame to lose Push, but frankly, if the details can’t be worked out between the performer and Disney, I don’t see why Disney couldn’t hire someone else to do the job, unless there is an overall budget cut for entertainment in the park.

    1. Jim

      Push is operated by a “third-party” company, not Disney, and is contracted out through that third party.

      That’s about all I can say :)

    2. joe parker

      Push is now longer in Tomorrow land today was his last day unless something changes

  2. Sue

    Push is adorable why are they Canning him?

    1. ppony

      I see what you did there! Bwah ha ha ha. :)

  3. Alexandra

    OMG, Push is adorable. I don’t think they should get rid of him. And yes, we get that Cinderella’s castle is bigger than Sleeping Beauty’s. But Sleeping Beauty is better than Cinderella. That’s all.

    1. Beatlejuice

      By what standard? Sleeping Beauty was a bomb at the box office during its initial run, and Aurora didn’t even have much screen time in the film. Not only that, but in all of my years visiting the parks I’ve rarely heard anyone call Aurora by her name.

      1. Sarah

        But the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland was up before the Cinderella Castle in Walt DisneyWorld. DisneyLAND has been around way before DisneyWorld. Hate to break it to you guys, but Alexandra is right

        1. Brian

          Yeah, but Disneyland is in California. So there’s that….

  4. Eric B. Freeman

    OMG. That’s creatively cute. I wonder it would great if other talking trashes would be located at other theme parks like Universal or Seaworld someday.

  5. Kevin

    First Miyuki and the Ziti Sisters, now Push? Come on Disney, stop getting rid of all the little wonderful touches.

    1. Alyssa

      I know! I loved watching Miyuki! She really is one-of-a-kind.

  6. Erica

    We’ve been twice and I’ve never seen Push :(

    1. ppony

      We’ve been there 10 times over 20 years. I know he has scheduled appearances in Tomorrowland so you can see him. But in the 10 years, w/o going out of my way, I’ve only actually happened upon him once and he was ADORABLE! My husband and kids have yet to see him. I’m so glad he’s staying! THESE are the intangibles that make Disney DISNEY! Make a point to be near Cosmic Rays during one of the appearance times on your next visit.

  7. disfan97

    He can’t go!! He’s classic!

    1. Sarah

      I agree. Though I’ve never seen him in person, I’m always watching him on YouTube.

  8. Dave

    Love Push. My family has actively searched him out many times and had some hilarious encounters. It would be a real shame if he goes away.

  9. JEANY SANCHEZ

    Please don’t take Push away! I love Push!

  10. Kevin,
    Miyuki retired due to health issues. She wasn’t cut like the others.
    KtP

  11. star-w

    uh oh we must save push ow well rip push ?-2014

  12. Kim O

    Funny! When even a garbage can knows WDW’s castle is bigger!

  13. Michael

    I will gladly take over Push if they can’t reach an aggrement.

  14. chris

    i seen push more then just a few times and yes he is pretty funny but he has been around for a very long time and personally i would like to see him retire but also replaced with an even more amazing meet and great robot maybe wall-e or smthing even better

  15. boo

    Disney, Takes Out the Trash.

  16. wdwislife

    I know from first hand experience that at least two people are good “friends” with push. Could they both be having issues with contracts?

  17. Justine

    Please keep push and the ziti sisters and miyuki. All of these things are magical little things that made me fall in love with disney in the first place! I didn’t fall in love with the big rides or the fast passes. Fell in love with things like this that you couldn’t find anywhere else.

  18. Jeff Lynch

    I don’t get it. Just about anyone can operate this. Why is there a contract needed? Just get new performers to replace this guy. Any standup comic can do it.

    1. Erica Brown

      The contract isn’t with the people that actually operate/perform Push. It’s with the guy that owns him. I’ve heard from a handful of people that he’s not the nicest or easiest person to work with, unfortunately.

  19. Jan

    Don’t get rid of PUSH he is a classic.

  20. Kevin

    @KennythePirate
    That’s sad to hear. We’ll miss her, but I’m glad to see it’s not a case of Disney dropping her. Love your site, btw.

  21. Templekeeper

    The dispute isn’t with the entertainment CMs who operate Push; it’s with his creator. Push is not owned by Disney; an operating partner created him along with a couple similar remote controlled characters (Wes Palm, the talking tree from DAK and PIPA the recycling bin from Epcot). He designed the technology and Disney pays for the rights to use these characters.

  22. Carol

    At $100 a day for a one day ticket it seems to me Disney can afford to pay for this. They keep cutting entertainment… anything that has a human seems at risk. And considering the new FP system means you get longer lines for fewer attractions giving us something to do besides stand in line would be nice. But of course we can’t be charged for PUSH can we?

    1. chris

      well its prob going to be 106 pretty soon bc when the new ride opens i exoect them to raise ticket price again

  23. Ryan R

    I want him to stay at Mgic Kingdom because the one at Disneyland had not been at Disneyland for a long, long time. So if Disneyland can’t have him then magic kingdom should have him.

  24. Louie

    I could give a what about push. Just bring roger rabbit back into the parks.

  25. Faith C.

    I have been to Magic Kingdom all my life, and I’ve kept on trying to meet PUSH but somehow I never managed to. :( Please don’t get rid of him!!

  26. Pulling for Push!

    We created a special custom shirt to Save Push! He needs our help.

  27. Bob

    Disney, you get ALL this money from people and you cant afford to pay for a little trash can? Please take to this guy and get PUSH back!

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