Aboard one of Disney World Resort’s ferries in Orlando, a fight broke out between guests. This follows a separate event at the Magic Kingdom today.
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Fight On A Ferry
Departing guests from Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom were put in a dangerous situation when a fight broke out amongst guests. While little has been disclosed about the cause of the fights, it appears to be between guests that were not acquainted. Here’s the video, judge for yourself.
While there isn’t enough video prior to the event to reach any conclusions about the cause or who may be at fault, it does appear that some onlookers were unwillingly involved in the skirmish.
WDWNT which carried the video and story indicated that cast members and security guards had quelled the incident. The fact that it occurred on the short ride from the theme park to the parking center is surprising, though due to COVID-19 restrictions and exit limitations, leaving the parks has frustrated many at Walt Disney World.
Separate Security Incident
In an entirely separate matter, a different boat was involved in an incident.
“According to social media posts, a suspicious person forced guests to evacuate from Tom Sawyer Island earlier this evening. The incident happened at around 5:40 PM. The person was allegedly wearing camouflage and carrying a hatchet.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office logged a suspicious person call at 5:48 PM. The address provided was on Caribbean Way, which would place the incident at the Magic Kingdom.”
According to purported witnesses on Disney Annual Passholder Facebook groups, the “hatchet” was a prop the perpetrator obtained and wielded. Some suggested he was threatening to kill guests, but most found the disturbance to not be a credible threat.
Not Just Airplanes Any More
People fighting at Disney Parks is nothing new like this one at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or at Universal Orlando (just last week) but doesn’t get as much coverage as airports and airplanes lately. It is disturbing how common and frequent confrontations of this nature have become in public situations.
The easy target is Spirit Airlines, but as I pointed out here – it’s happening on every carrier and in airport terminals too. When the happiest place on earth is no longer safe for bystanders and children, we have a huge societal problem. It’s not just an American problem either, here’s a passenger on a short-haul flight from the Spanish island of Ibiza.
While the specifics of the Disney World fight remain unclear, I’m not shocked to see it. I debated whether or not to share the post because details were scant and I really don’t think we need another incident like this to look at, but perhaps awareness and frustration will help drive change and better security.
What do you think? What is causing outbursts of violence?
Ticket prices at Disney are obviously not enough of a deterrent to keep out the trash.
The biggest fight I’ve ever seen was at Disney’s All Star resort, during Pop-Warner finals week- 2 groups of parents were fist fighting at the pool and other parents and cast members had to break the fight up. Sadly, a kid was elbowed by a drunk fighting dad and that’s what ended the fight – it was horrible –
I blame stimulus checks and child tax credits. Money shouldn’t be given out instantaneously. Let people slowly gain more.
The closing of “The Land” at Epcot might be at the core of this.
Why are you (a frequent flyer blogger) reporting on this? Do you actually like these stories/videos?
This is a frequent traveler site, both Matthew and I write and have written extensively on hotels, theme parks, rental cars, travel policy, regulations, travel law – anything that revolves around travel. This falls into that bucket.
Oh, Kyle, Kyle, Kyle. Is it Sunday already?
Chepak. He cares more about the $$$ than the customer experience. I am surprised he didn’t charge those watching an upcharge
You are correct Hal!!!
Those darn Amish. At it again. I knew it.
It’s the new generation. Today’s heads of families are now are those that were brought up as little snowflakes and that life was all about them. Was bad enough when they were kids, now it’s them and their kids and they don’t feel they should be imposed on. Well, let me tell you something sunshine, ya gotta share your space with everyone else, so suck it up!
More security? Your article needs some adjustment, LIKE: How about people try to act like civilized, responsible individuals. These people should all be accountable for acting like this in a family theme park. Disgraceful. This is not Disney’s fault, it’s not their job to police people that think it’s appropriate to act like this in public. And you shouldn’t write articles about it because it just makes it seem okay, like just another day at the park.
Disneyworld is promoted as “The Happiest Place on Earth” . People pay a lot of money and mistakenly expect it to live up to that. And when it doesn’t meet with their unrealistic expectations, they become dissatisfied, disillusioned and angry. So the when’s situation arises that they feel slighted, cheated or they feel they are not “happy” enough, they feel the need to strike out at something or in this case, someone. It’s a theme park, people. One of the best, but a theme park nevertheless and remember, chill and accept that it’s not perfect.
Why, I wonder, is it always Florida or Texas….
Yup, as usual the typical dumb tourists visiting from blue states (New York, Jersey, etc) bring that stuff with them.
Do you have any data to back this up?
Annual passes are no longer sold to residents. Nobody local can afford it in the first place as the prices are unreal. We get free local NYC news reporting as part of our cable here. Main stream media wont show this. Not a day goes by where I don’t see that same crazy behavior, mugging, robbery, sucker punching people, pushing people on tracks or hitting them, beating up on the elderly or Asians on the NYC local news. Scary stuff and it continues to get worse.
Annual passes have resurfaced on the market for both Florida residents and all other visitors alike. https://liveandletsfly.com/disney-world-genie/
The cause of this violence is probably the spreading of prejudice, suspicion & outright lies on social media by a certain couple of countries eager to weaken America. Shades of Homeland S8! Unfortunately, lots of stupid people fall for it too.