If you’ve been to the Disney theme parks lately, or are active on social media, then you probably know that Disney pages are all the rage. Not only do people love sharing what they do at places like Disneyland and Walt Disney World on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, but even more people love to watch what those people do. People who visit the Parks have become full-blown influencers, and they can have millions of followers. One of those people is Jason Jeter, a Walt Disney World regular. Well, he was a regular until he received a lifetime ban from Walt Disney World property.
Jeter has more than one million followers on his TikTok page and, before the ban, was frequently sharing videos from the Disney Parks. However, two videos that he shared in March 2021 not only got him fired from his job with Disney, but also got him banned from the Parks. In one video, Jeter enters the Grand Floridian Wedding pavilion, which was off-limits to Guests. In the next video, Jeter drank from multiple Walt Disney World decorative fountains. Jeter shared with his followers — who numbered over 250,000 at the time — said that Disney fired him because of the videos. Less than two months later, Jeter uploaded a video saying that he had driven onto the property when he was approached by Disney Security with the trespass paper.
It has been more than a year since Jeter was banned, and he has uploaded TikTok videos saying that he knew what he was doing was wrong, but he did it anyway because he was focused on getting views and followers. Jeter is also working on appealing his lifetime ban from his beloved theme parks. Unfortunately, Jeter has not heard back from Disney with regard to the ban, but recently shared that someone messaged him with Bob Chapek’s personal email. He then shared that he and Chapek went to the same college, and he was going to write Chapek a personal email, asking to have his ban lifted.
In recent years, social media has exploded in terms of popularity when it comes to sharing videos. With that has come a giant increase in the number of influencers — and those who want to be influencers — going to the Disney Parks and creating videos. Most of the time, those videos are the people riding attractions, eating delicious food, or doing something kind for other Guests. One woman recently went viral for handing out bows that she received by mistake to other Guests. However, there are some people who will do whatever it takes to get views, even if that means breaking Disney’s rules or interfering with other Guests’ time in the Parks.
If you repeatedly cause a problem while visiting Disney, they do reserve the right to ban you. That ban can be anywhere from a day to a week, a month, years, or, in Jeter’s situation, a lifetime. And as Jeter pointed out, if you are an Annual Passholder and you are banned, you are still not able to purchase day tickets, as your fingerprints will still be scanned into the system.
Jeter has promised to keep his followers updated if Disney lifts his ban.