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Are Cheerleaders in Disney Parks Poison?

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Visiting Disney is often portrayed as a significant reward for winning sports teams in media and entertainment. But this “reward” is given out so often to cheerleading teams that some have started to abuse it. Whether broken rules or broken etiquette, the bad behavior of cheer teams and their parents has frequently disrupted other Guests’ vacations and poisoned the atmosphere at Disney Parks.

Why You Frequently See Packs of Cheerleaders At Disney

Cheerleading teams often going to Disneyland after winning their “national” competitions has been a tradition since the 1980s. Since then, Disneyland has been a sponsor of the National Cheerleaders Association, and the park provides a special celebration for the winning teams. This tradition has extended to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and is a popular way for winning cheerleaders to celebrate.

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The truth is that “nationals” also aren’t so national. There are 60+ high school cheer “national” competitions every year…and it seems like they ALL either compete or celebrate at Disney.

These Disney Cheerleaders are the Worst of the Worst

Not even two months ago, two cheerleading mothers from Perfect Storm Athletics in Edmonton, Canada broke Disney policy. Dressed in matching purple shirts for the team Cheerleading Worlds 2023 competition, the women completely immersed themselves in an EPCOT fountain. Not only is this explicitly against Disney rules, but it’s also just really bad form. Guests were really furious.

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Also this March, a team decided to have a cheer battle while waiting in a busy ride queue. A video shows two groups of girls shouting across the line at each other over the crowd. Their chaperones film them happily instead of asking their team to be considerate. Disney fans were fed up and called it embarrassing.

Perhaps most unsettling is the story of the Port Neches-Groves Independent School District of Texas, whose drill team performed at Disney World‘s Magic Kingdom park. The girls, called The Indianettes, were dressed in Native American designs and fringe. Their performance included a chant, “Scalp ’em Indians, scalp ’em,” as well as a stereotypical Native American dance, where they placed one hand over their circled mouths and made “tribal” noises. It was very offensive.

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Some cheerleaders who refused to stop doing stunts in Hollywood Studios accidentally hit and injured other Guests!

Certainly, not all cheerleading teams cause incidents at Disney, but just in the last two months the number has been quite high. Guests often dread seeing massive groups of, often unchaperoned, kids in cheerleader uniforms because they don’t trust them to uphold the standards of the Disney Park experience.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!