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.
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?