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Man Arrested at Hollywood Studios After Shoving Girlfriend and Baby to the Ground

Things at Walt Disney World Resort lately seem to be going from bad to worse when it comes to Guest behavior. Yes, we know, summer in Florida isn’t the best time to be at a theme park. It is very hot, even more humid, the lines are long, and the prices for everything from food and drinks to merchandise is high. Be that as it may, Guests need to remember they are still in a family theme park and should know how to conduct themselves property.

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Sadly, it looks like another Guest decided to behave like a fool and, this time, a woman and her young baby were put in danger. The incident happened on July 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — a Park known for its incredible themed areas like Toy Story Land and it’s exciting, immersive attractions, like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

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According to eyewitness Alyssa P., who reached out to Disney Dining, a man was arrested after shoving his girlfriend and a young baby to the ground in the Park. According to Alyssa, the couple and the child were already being escorted out of the theme park when the man shoved the woman. The shove also caused the baby to fall to the ground. The man — identified as Matthew Johnston from Port Saint Lucie, FL — was immediately arrested. He was then transported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked on a charge of Domestic Violence.

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Alyssa told Disney Dining that she witnessed the shove and subsequent arrest and then asked a Disney Cast Member what happened. The Cast Member told her that the couple had been fighting and had been asked to leave the theme park, which is why security was with them. Even though security was there, that did not stop Johnston from deciding to physically assault his girlfriend and child. Alyssa called the entire incident “all so disturbing.”

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Unfortunately, this is not the first time in recent weeks that a fight has broken out at one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks. Recently, a screaming match broke out on a Magic Kingdom tram headed to Disney’s Ticket and Transportation Center. Luckily, Cast Members were able to break it up before things got physical. Then, there was an all out brawl that broke out at Disney’s Magic Kingdom between two parties that resulted in arrests and lifetime bans.

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If you ever find yourself in a situation where you think things could become unsafe, like when Guests are fighting, it is best to stay out of it and immediately find the closest Cast Member or Disney Security Guard. A Cast Member will be able to reach out to security, who can then escort the misbehaving Guests out of the Park.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!