Disneyland issues ‘Courtesy’ warning after increase in fights at Disney theme parks

Disneyland has followed the lead of Walt Disney World in issuing a new “Courtesy” warning after a string of fights, brawls and screaming matches in recent months have damaged the family-friendly reputation of Disney’s theme parks in Anaheim and Florida.

The Disneyland website added a new Courtesy section during the Christmas holiday season after a similar advisory was added to the Disney World website in mid-December.

The new Courtesy sections on the Disneyland and Disney World “Know Before You Go” pages explicitly spell out the expected visitor behaviors that had been previously implied at the vacation playgrounds billed as happy and magical escapes from reality.

The Know Before You Go pages were added after the pandemic reopening of the Disney parks with details on COVID-19 health and safety measures and theme park reservation requirements.

The new Courtesy advisories on the Disneyland and Disney World websites are similarly worded but vary in their details and warnings.

“We ask all who come to this happy place to treat others with respect, kindness and compassion,” reads the new Disneyland advisory. “To help guests have a safe and enjoyable experience, we regularly update our Disneyland resort rules.”

The Disneyland rules page asks visitors to “show common courtesy” to employees and other visitors and refrain from “using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior.”

The Disney World “Courtesy” advisory goes a step further in warning visitors of the consequences of their actions.

“Be the magic you want to see in the world,” reads the Disney World advisory. “You must always remember to treat others with respect, kindness and compassion. Those who can’t live up to this simple wish may be asked to leave Walt Disney World resort.”

Disney’s four Florida theme parks have seen an increase in fist fights, family brawls and screaming matches that have shown up on social media in recent weeks and months, according to WDW News Today.

A fight broke out at Disneyland during the return of “Fantasmic” in May. A 2019 family melee in Mickey’s Toontown went viral and resulted in arrests. Anaheim police reports regularly show visitors removed from the park or issued citations for assault and battery, disturbing the peace or brandishing a weapon.

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