- Alyssa Griffin, 32, and Cullen Griffin, 33, are influencers and vacation experts from Florida.
- They recently gave money away to Disney parkgoers who correctly answered trivia questions.
- The couple told Insider they wanted to “have fun” and inspire people to start talking to each other.
Influencers and vacation experts Alyssa Griffin, 32, and Cullen Griffin, 33, from Florida, gained attention from Disney fans earlier this year when they shared videos that showed them giving more than $1,000 in cash to over a dozen strangers in the park.
The couple regularly posts travel content on platforms like YouTube and TikTok via their blog Trapped in Paradise TV. They also run an apparel company called Paradise Adventure Co that sells sunglasses, hats, and other vacation accessories. Speaking to Insider, Alyssa said she and Cullen recently had funds from “a small marketing budget” for their apparel company leftover, and thought “it would be fun to just give it away.”
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Cullen told Insider he came up with the idea as he and Alyssa wanted to give back to the Disney fans who have supported their business. He added that he was inspired by YouTuber Mr. Beast, who frequently gives money to strangers.
The Griffins filmed their Disney trivia game on January 12 and gave away $1,500 total, Alyssa told Insider. They first posted a compilation video of the participants to YouTube, where they have nearly 52,000 subscribers; their video has more than 2,000 views at the time of writing.
They later began sharing shorter clips from that video to TikTok, where they have more than 117,000 followers. The four they’ve posted so far between January and March have over 79,000 views collectively at the time of writing.
According to Cullen, hosting the trivia games in Disney’s Magic Kingdom wasn’t as easy as it may seem.
“Mr. Beast makes it look so easy, but when you ask someone if they want to answer trivia questions for money, a lot of them are like ‘No thank you,'” he said. “People thought it was a trick.”
But after multiple attempts and “picking random people” who seemed approachable, according to Alyssa, they were able to find multiple participants.
One was a parkgoer who correctly named all seven dwarfs from “Snow White,” leading her to win a $100 prize, as shown in this TikTok video with 12,000 views that the couple shared on March 16.
Another was a man who won $50 after correctly naming Tinker Bell, as seen in this TikTok video with 15,000 views that the couple posted on January 12.
There were also two parkgoers who won $50 for naming Sven from “Frozen” as seen in this TikTok from January 13 with 12,000 views, and a couple who won $100 after naming Pegasus from “Hercules,” as seen in a video posted on March 16 with 38,000 views.
“There’s nothing better than scoping out people and choosing that stressed-out dad who’s pushing strollers and carrying a hot dog in his hand,” Cullen said, adding that one woman was brought to tears after winning.
“One couple went straight to buy Dole Whip — it was their first time at Disney and they were wearing matching T-shirts,” he continued. “Another guy went to buy his family lunch, and a family said they were going to buy souvenirs. It’s so great to see people’s reactions.”
Some TikTok commenters argued that the couple’s trivia questions were too easy, saying that most Disney fans could name Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan” or Sven from “Frozen” if asked. But Alyssa told Insider that wasn’t always the case.
“We asked quite a few families and couples who the princesses were, and a lot of them did not get it right,” she said. “I would like to ask some harder questions, but we wanted to find some success as well.”
As for those who didn’t win, Alyssa and Cullen said they wanted to make sure they didn’t leave empty-handed. Instead of money, they said they gifted them sunglasses from their company.
“We did this all in one day. But we go to Disney frequently, and we plan on doing it again,” Alyssa said.
In their YouTube compilation about the challenge, Cullen said they would give away $10,000 to Disney fans if their video got more than 70,000 likes. While they haven’t reached that goal yet, they have gained approximately 6,000 YouTube subscribers and 17,000 TikTok followers since posting the clips.
But, according to the YouTubers, their main objective was to help people have fun and socialize with other Disney fans.
“The pandemic has been awful; we didn’t get to socialize with anyone,” Cullen said. “I think fast forwarding to seeing laughter and people communicating again, that’s so cool. It feels really good.”