Disney parks are magical for kids and adults alike, but sometimes people have a liiittle too much fun.
Unfortunately, after antics such as punching Disney characters, substance-fueled attempts to swim to Tom Sawyer’s Island, and kidnapping Disney horses and riding them around the park, the following people can’t go back to the Happiest Place on Earth.
Read on for some very entertaining stories about people banned from Disney parks.
3o. Disney Brawl
This happened in the 70s at Disneyland, as told by a friend of mine, who was an accountant for the park. That year, the whole band who marched in the parade intensely disliked the cast member who played Mickey Mouse. Apparently, he had real attitude and was a real diva.
So, after Mickey started leading the parade down Main Street, he tripped hard and fell, so the band members quickly started running past him, leaving him on the ground and angry. Parents and children laughed as Mickey tried to catch up with the running band, so he could be in front again. When they were almost to an employees-only gated area, Mickey hauled off and started punching the tuba player (the leader of the coup), which ended up in an all-out legendary brawl.
29. Donald Smack
I’m not the banned one, but I worked for Disney and was there for two instances. One was a group of three Portuguese guys who decided that it would be cool to smack Donald Duck in the face when it was time to get their picture taken with him. The other time, it was the glorious Food & Drink Festival at Epcot and two guys, after what appeared to be the full party circuit around the World Showcase, took off their shirts and ran through the mini maze garden in France.
I guess that wasn’t enough, so they started harassing Aurora, who was taking pictures with kids and trying to keep it cool. That’s the only time I used my radio for an actual issue and I wasn’t quite sure what to say, which is why I had such a hard time saying, “Two shirtless guys are meticulously doing the maze in France. Can we stop them?” Security responded surprisingly quickly and the guys weren’t very hard to corner because they had gone back to doing the maze, and they wouldn’t jump the mini hedges. Both of those stories ended in lifetime bans and the Donald Duck whackers actually had charges pressed against them I believe.
28. Every Problem Has A “Solution”
For years, it was a tradition for our high school grad night to be held at Disneyland. Apparently, the park would be kept open later than usual for a number of schools around Southern California to let their seniors frolic around. Just like any prom or school event, you had your gaggle of teens that would sneak (or attempt to sneak) in flasks, pot, and other banned items. A few particularly rowdy seniors from my high school somehow managed to smuggle some coke into the Happiest Place on Earth.
After doing some lines in a bathroom, they decided that the absolute best next move would be to go explore Tom Sawyer’s Island. The only problem was that that attraction was closed and no ferries or canoes were making the trip to the island. The solution: simply jump into the river and swim across. The Adventures of Coke Sawyers landed our school a lifetime ban. We’ve been holding our grad nights at Dave and Buster’s ever since. Extreme downgrade.
27. The Witchy Lady
It was 10 years ago, and more than likely still the policy today, but shirts were required at all times in the park. It didn’t matter if it was ungodly hot and someone wanted to take off their shirt or stay in a bikini top; they had to be wearing a shirt. We were told to tell people to please put on a shirt. One time I told a lady to please put on her shirt as it was required. She was very wasted and defiant while wearing only a bikini top. She said, “Why? You like my body don’t you?” I tried to be professional and just said, “Sorry ma’am, it’s the policy to wear shirts.”
She kept insisting that I was checking out her goods (her language). She then grabbed my face and kissed me and walked away. I told a manager this in a sort of “What just happened” kind of way, not actually bothered by it or demanding action be taken. Later on, she was kicked out of the park for being really inebriated at a show geared towards toddlers.
26. A Loophole Discovered
I have a friend who went to Disney World in Orlando a few summers ago. For laughs, he flipped off the camera on the biggest slope of the ride he was on. Due to no line, he was able to ride the same ride repeatedly without having to get up. The ride began with a slight rise, and then a complete turn around to the first slope. The turnaround was situated directly over the booth that displays and sells your photos after the ride.
After a few passes flipping off the camera, the guy in the booth started yelling up at him to stop as the ride would pass by. He flipped the camera off even harder. This happened a handful of times until he decided to get off, somehow thinking very little about what he had been doing. On his way through the ride’s exit, the man at the booth pointed him out, and two security guards led him out of the park and told him never to come back.
25. Alice Obsession
A friend of mine used to work at Disneyland, and she told me about this lady with a serious obsession with Alice who would pretty much go every day to Disneyland and dress up like her. Apparently one day she decided she needed a piece of Alice for herself and actually cut off a piece of hair from the actress at the park!
She also had a lady who was waiting in line ask her if it was okay if her son went to the bathroom. She said sure thinking the lady was going to take him. Nope. This boy who had to be close to 10 years old pulled down his pants and started peeing in line. She didn’t know how to react. She just stood there in watched astonished.
24. Simba Style, But Scarier
While I was working on Dumbo, this couple removed their infant from the seat belt and held the baby like Simba outside of the carriage while the ride was up 18 feet in the air, just so their other friends could take pictures of them doing it.
We had to emergency stop the ride. They were escorted away and arrested once outside the park gates. It was very scary to witness.
23. From Grad Night To Jail Night
A while back, Disney World used to host “Grad Night” for graduating high school seniors. Basically, it was where they kept the Magic Kingdom open all night and it was only open to seniors. There was also a required student to chaperone ratio of 10:1. One chaperone always had to be “on duty” in a designated area and the other chaperones were allowed to wander the park. Needless to say, it was one of the major events of the senior year. The year my brother graduated (1988), a couple of guys from his class were caught shoplifting. Security nabbed them almost instantly and took them to “jail.” From what they told me, it was basically a security office…nothing themed, no bars or locks…just a room where they made you sit until they could figure out what to do with you.
The security ended up going to the on-duty chaperone and brought her down to security where she had to identify and “take custody” of the two guys. The paperwork was intense, too. They were both personally banned for a year. They had to spend the rest of the night in the chaperone area. The next year, it was my class’s turn. The rumor was that the entire school had been banned because of this incident and our headmaster (private school) had to formally petition for us to be allowed back.
22. The Reason Behind The Announcement
In the late 70s, my mom and her family went to Disneyland with a couple of their friends and their families. Apparently, her brother, some of his friends, and possibly some additional Disney delinquents went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, got out of the boat, and set off firecrackers. They probably could have gotten away with the noise since there are fake explosions as part of the experience and everyone in their boat was in on it, but this was in the early days of security cameras so sure enough, when the rag-tag bunch got off the ride, they all were swiftly picked up by security.
I think my grandparents demanded proof, and they were shown the footage of him getting out of the boat. So yeah, I’m not sure when the lifetime ban became a thing but I’m assuming he is no longer allowed back. My mom likes to claim that he was the reason there is an announcement at the beginning of your ride to stay in your boat; apparently, they didn’t say that before.
21. Not the Snow White We Wanted
A woman was dressed as Snow White in the park; she had a bit too much bubbly and was pretending to be the character by signing autographs and taking pictures with people.
She was escorted out by the PD and caused a huge scene and resisted arrest. There’s a photo hung up backstage in one of the parks of the incident.
20. Friendship Goals
I used to work at Epcot and I have seen some things, but my favorite was Extra Magical Hours (EMH). The park was opened late for guests that stayed on the Disney World property. Anyway, the park close was at midnight and the park had been called clear not once, but twice. That means that twice security checked the perimeter of the park and deemed nobody in the park. Well as luck would have it, I was out walking with my manager checking on things when we heard a rustle in the bushes and some moaning. There are ducks and squirrels and so on, but this was definitely human. My manager looked at me a bit scared so it looked like I was the one to take the plunge to check it out.
What I found was two drunk guys completely passed out in nothing but their clothes next to the Living with the Land pavilion. We immediately called the park manager and had them escorted out. They apparently drank around the world twice and decided to sleep it off in the park to keep drinking the next day.
19. Drinks + Anger = Everything Not Nice
I work the front desk at one of the Disney resorts. A little over a month ago, a teenage girl came up to one of our lobby greeters sobbing and said she needed to speak to a manager. The greeter tried to talk to her, but she insisted upon talking to a manager. Two of our managers took the girl into this side room that we usually use to diffuse situations, and they could tell she was really upset. Next thing you know, Disney security shows up, Orange County Police shows up, Department of Children and Families representative shows up. Long story short, the girl had some form of mental disability; we were never given the specifics but from the description of the situation, it was assumed to be autism. She got into an argument with her dad in the room (only the two of them were traveling together), he was wasted, and he DECKED her in the face– like a full-on punch. She freaked out, ran out of the room, and came up to the desk, putting us where we’re at in the story now. The dad eventually comes down to the desk. The police take him outside for questioning while they keep the girl in the other room (behind a locked door). At that point it was time for me to go home, but I found out a few days later at my next shift that the girl’s mom was out of state and was called about the situation. Disney arranged to have the girl flown home the next day, and the dad was arrested and issued a lifetime ban.
Some sneaky cast member I work with had gotten the family’s last name, creeped on their hotel reservation, and discovered the dad had been REGULARLY visiting the pool bar and buying bottles from the hotel gift shop every night. Yay, drinks and anger–what a good mix. Apparently, the dad also made excuses that the daughter provoked him by hitting him first. Granted she was like 14, so he was just an inebriated idiot. Do you ever wonder why they don’t sell spirits in the Magic Kingdom? This is a prime example.
18. Shutting The Ride Down
When I was in middle school, we went to Disney World on a school field trip. While waiting in line for Space Mountain the ride suddenly shut down and all the lights came on. We waited for what seemed like an hour before the lights went out and the ride started back up.
It turns out one of my classmates had decided to get out of the car while it was being slowly pulled up the first hill. I guess they tripped a security switch which is what caused the shutdown and lights. I heard they were escorted from the ride and probably taken to the security office.
17. Ashes Into The Water
While riding Pirates of the Caribbean a few years ago, a lady pulled out a bag and dumped the contents into the water. She was crying and sort of laughing at the same time.
It soon became clear that she had dumped her husband’s ashes in the water as his final resting place. She was caught on camera and got in trouble, but it couldn’t be undone. It was creepy and cool at the same time.
16. All For A Picture!
Disneyland: 1997. A family attacked Pluto and pushed her into the fountain. I didn’t actually see the attack, but I just got to deal with the aftermath backstage.
Later, Pluto told me the family was mad that she had to take her break after they had waited to get a picture. I think Pluto either broke her arm or her leg– I can’t remember. The family was arrested.
15. Give Him A Chance, It’s His Birthday
My friend didn’t get banned, but they came very close. According to the friend, he and a few buddies were in college and decided to eat some mushrooms before hitting up the Happiest Place on Earth. One of the friends trips out during the ship battle part of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, freaks out and jumps out of the boat thing they’re all in. He’s wading through the water frantically when one of the cannonball splash effects goes off right next to him, and he reacts as if he’d actually been hit and dives off to the side. The friends still in the boat are losing their minds.
The wasted guy finally comes up like 20 feet away from the boat and like ninjas, Disney security appears and takes him away. After the ride, they went to the security office looking for him and explained it was the guy’s 21st birthday, and he was just really wasted so they let them all go.
14. Let’s Cheers To That!
I got banned from Canada at Epcot. We did a drinking around the world tour. We started in Mexico and continued in that direction. After completing most of the world we decided to stop in England for a “few” pints. After a few hours of singing with the awesome Panino lady, we had to finish the world tour. My buddy and I got to Canada and demanded to go on the ride. After being informed there was no ride we concluded that the lady was lying to us because we were hammered. She informed us that we could watch the information video. We said forget that and went in search for the ride.
In true operator fashion, we started our search all while slobbishly singing “Oh Canada our home and sacred land!” That was the only part of the song we knew. We were abruptly discovered because we wondered backstage to the show. We were led to the entrance and told to never enter Canada again.
13. Hide In The Bush
There are a lot of crazy things I’d rather not get in to, but the worst was one night during the fireworks exit. We had a bunch of 20-year-olds being morons on the resort platform. They started punching each other in the arms, being the usual pricks to each other.
One of them ended up missing his friend and cold clocking a 12-year-old girl. The girl’s dad had to be 6’4 and 320 pounds. And built. I mean really built. It took four security guards and two Orange County deputies to pull the guy off the bloody pulp that remained of the kid. His friend ended up jumping into the bushes to get away from one seriously angry father.
12. A Sky-HIGH Ride Adventure
Not banned myself but I’m pretty sure a couple of my friends are. It was 1995, a friend showed up with a 1/2 lb of cheap pot. We decided it would be a great idea to head to Disneyland. The hour-long drive was spent hot boxing a Chevy Suburban. We get to the park and hit a couple of rides. We take a ride on the Haunted Mansion, I’m in the front of our group. I get off and a large cadre of Disney security are waiting there for our group. We’re summarily led to the backstage area and taken to Disney jail. One by one they start questioning us. They get about four in and must have given up at that point as they just round us all up and walk us to the front gate.
As it turns out, the two that did smoke on the ride had a brief moment of clarity upon exiting the ride and handed the pot off to a third who walked out a different direction. They couldn’t find anything on us, so they just kicked us all out.
11. Impressive That He Could Just Leap Out Of The Boat!
A friend of mine that was one year ahead of me in high school got nabbed on one of the islands in Pirates of the Caribbean on Grad Night. He jumped out of the boat to take a picture of everyone in the boat, but before he could even get the camera set, security had him and was pulling him into the tunnels.
They put him into a no-joke holding cell, got one of the chaperones, and had him sit the rest of the night out in New Orleans Square with the chaperone. Pirates was his first and last ride of the night.
10. Smash And Collision
We did grad night at Disneyland as well. We went on It’s A Small World and my (then) buddy thought it would be fun to get everyone in our boat to row it. Well, we ended up picking up good speed with everyone rowing and the boats had all stopped up ahead of us at some point.
We smashed into the boat in front of us, causing a chain collision with all the boats stacked up at the stop. Our boat and the one in front of it were fricking soaked. Everyone turned on my friend once we got to the dock and they pulled the two boats off to the side and made him dry them with paper towels. Then they kicked him out and banned him.
9. Be Prepared for ANYTHING!
When I worked at Wilderness Lodge, we had a guest that was visiting the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. This lunatic stripped down to his red boxer shorts outside one of the restaurant windows and then proceeded to run through the campground as security chased him.
Somehow, he found a backpack leaf blower and put it on and continued to escape security. They finally found him passed out in a utility shed, all curled up next to that leaf blower wearing nothing but his boxers and covered in scratches from the woods. I think it’s safe to assume he was banned for life after that incident. Some people are just flat out crazy!
8. “Like They Had Won The World Cup”
While working at Spaceship Earth (the “giant golf ball” of Epcot) in the summer of 2005, the parks had an influx of Brazilian tour groups. Each group consisted of about 200 college-aged kids with matching shirts. Every one of them came into the park acting like they had won the World Cup. Spaceship Earth is the first attraction they go on, still chanting and yelling until they get to the boarding area, where we finally get them to shut up. We divide them into their 4-seater cars and hope they don’t disturb the slow-moving, quiet ride for anyone else. Five minutes pass, and the ride comes to a shuddering halt as the Emergency Stop is activated. A loud beep emits from the loading console, signaling that one of the sensor mats, lining the entire length of the track, had been tripped. Another Cast Member and I run into the attraction to the Renaissance section. Lo and behold, there were the Brazilians. They were all sitting in their cars, attempting to look innocent, looking at us nervously. We ask them if anyone had jumped out of their cars. One girl understands us and begins to say something, until one of her friends stops her by saying something in Portuguese. The girl suddenly forgets the question and stays quiet. After failed attempts to get someone to confess, we run back to the loading platform, trying not to keep the other guests on the ride from waiting any longer than they have to. Seven minutes have elapsed since the ride stopped. We go back into the ride and start it up again. The intrusion alarm goes off again. We run back up to the same area and the tour group acts like nothing happened.
Fifteen minutes has gone by now, so we have to evacuate the ride. I get the section with the tour group. I go back up to Renaissance. At least five members of the tour group were out of their cars and posing with the audio-animatronics. Heck no. We raise our voices and motion to them to get back in their cars until we tell them to get out. The evac goes smoothly as we keep an eye on as much of the group as we can, and direct the entire group the exit, where our Duty Manager, four security guards, and an Orange County police officer were waiting for them. The Duty Manager proceeds to talk to the tour group leader, then addresses the group. All of them were to have their tickets taken away, and they would be escorted out of the park and banned from the property. She then repeats the spiel in Spanish and Portuguese, and escorts the entire group out. No one in the group says a thing. They arrived like they won the World Cup; they left like they were defeated.
7. The “Super” Dad
I worked at the Magic Kingdom from 2007-2010 and ended up working strollers for a week. I was at the wheelchair stand which has a view of the front gates. So this guy gets to the front with his kids and realizes he forgot his tickets. No problem; it happens all the time. So he turns around and heads back to his car. However, Super Dad left his kids at the gate. Three kids; the oldest couldn’t have been more than 12, the youngest was like 4 to 5 years old.
Now on a good day, a round trip to the parking lot and back can take over 20 minutes with monorail/ferry and then tram to the car. This guy was gone for over an hour. The kids got picked up by security after like 10 to 15 minutes and taken to the child care center and two state troopers took their place. The dad shows back up and gets thoroughly chewed out while being led into the park.
6. They Forgot To Change Outfits
Someone was trying to return stolen merchandise for credit; the other was stealing pins. The doofus stealing pins actually used their credit card to purchase something else and my investigative skills came into work. I found all of the receipts from the time of the theft, looked each person linked to those receipts up on Facebook, and found the culprit.
More people in their party came in later to steal more, and the guy involved this time was wearing the EXACT shirt from his Facebook picture! I alerted our management, who alerted security. The guests ended up being charged to their rooms for the pins that were stolen and asked to never return to Disney properties.
5. Too Bad You’re Too Short
I used to work attractions at Anaheim D-land. On the Indiana Jones Adventure, there are three 48″ height checkpoints which small guests must hit, and there’s often drama here. One of the lowest points in my Disney career was having to height check a little person. I couldn’t make eye contact. All he said was, “Really?” and I hung my head in shame and nodded.
Another time, a family had made it all the way down to the last checkpoint, which was in the station. The poor kid was too short but the mom lost her mind when I said her child couldn’t ride. She started screaming at the top of her lungs that “this freaking jerk won’t let my precious baby girl on the ride,” etc. Cleared out the station, temporarily shut down the ride. She was escorted out and banned from the park.
4. What’s Wrong With Patches?
In about 1970 I got “arrested” at Disneyland for wearing patches on my jeans. They took me to a room where they took a polaroid of me which they taped to a wall with lots of other photos.
They told me to leave and never come back. I spent the rest of the day at Disneyland with my friends. I never went back. I have a faint memory of Grumpy pinching my butt.
3. Pass Revoked
A friend of mine who lives in Florida had a year round pass for Disney World. My friend said some guy and his kid pushed my friend’s daughter out of the way to get ahead of them in line for a ride and my friend was having none of it. When they got to the jail it was just a room with chairs and a guard would come by every once and a while to check in on them.
The idea of it is to either: 1.) to calm people if they’re rowdy and 2.) give the park time to decide if they want to press charges and 3.) call the real police if the offense was bad enough. My friend got let go but his year round pass got revoked.
2. “Get Me The Freaking Hell Off!”
When I was at Epcot several years ago, Test Track was having trouble, and some terribly obese woman was claustrophobic. After some ten minutes of trying to hack the seat belt off, she screams at the top of her lungs, “GET ME THE FREAKING HELL OFF!” A deep voice then booms “THERE ARE CHILDREN IN HERE!”
The man proceeds to literally rip the woman out of her cart and escort her out of the park. She ended up banned from Epcot due to that and some other things, including vandalism by trying to cut off her seat belt.
1. There’s Something Inside The Bag, And It’s A…
My brother-in-law worked there in the student program. Two things he told me were the worst. This couple were trying to ride Space Mountain, and they had a black duffel bag. He heard something come from the bag, so he asked them to open it. They refused. Security comes and forces them to open it. It was their 6-month-old baby.
The second story: I don’t remember what attraction it was for, but he said a little boy from Make-a-Wish got to go to the front of every line. This one lady saw it, and yelled so loud about how this little trash kid didn’t deserve to cut in lines and a bunch of other nonsense things. He described the look on the boy’s parents’ faces as nothing but nightmarish heartbreaking. He told the lady to get out of line and stop being such a brat, and explained that the kid was with Make-A-Wish. She apparently didn’t care, and asked for a manager. She is banned from WDW. My brother-in-law almost lost his job right there due to all of the commotion that was caused. Luckily he didn’t.