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Disney Calls Police on Parents After They Abandon Baby at Parks

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In a shocking revelation, an ex-cast member explained one of the worst instances of guest behavior they’d seen at the parks. 

Guests from all over the world jump at the chance to go to the Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort, and it’s no surprise why. The Central Florida Disney Resort and Southern California Disney Park are universally accepted as some of the best places on earth to enjoy a Disney vacation. 

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Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

However, one aspect of the Disney experience is out of Disney’s control, and that is guest behavior. When entering the Disney Parks—in fact, when purchasing a ticket—Disney World guests agree to a code of conduct that requires them to adhere to a certain standard of behavior.

The reality, though, is that many guests choose to ignore this unspoken, yet very real, agreement.

Unfortunately, bad guest behavior at the parks is an age-old story. But somehow, there are always new variants that leave us shocked beyond measure at the extent to which some people will go to enjoy their ride or attraction of choice, thereby ruining not just theirs but others’ Disney World vacation.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park / Credit: Theme Park Tourist, Flickr

In the past, we’ve reported on stories of guests yelling obscenities at cast members, picking fights with fellow guests, disembarking from ride vehicles, and more—not only disrupting fellow guests’ Disney experience but also occasionally endangering themselves and others in the process. 

Now, we have yet another shocking anecdote from a former cast member of some appalling behavior from parents who abandoned their baby just to go on a ride.

One former cast member explained, “Former CM: My friend was a Skipper and was working strollers, and some family left their covered stroller there to ride Pirates next door. Three guesses what the stroller had in it.

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Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney World / Credit: Disney Parks

The CM continued, “My friend had to track down this family in the Pirates line who were annoyed to be dragged out of line and tried to send just one person back to watch the baby and were shocked to be informed that the police and CPS had both been contacted and their entire group was being escorted out of the park.”

While it should certainly go without saying, this kind of behavior is absolutely unacceptable while at any Disney theme park.

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The Walt Disney World Resort property rules clearly state: “Children should be supervised. Guests under age 14 must be accompanied by a Guest age 14 or older to enter a theme park or water park. To board an attraction, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.” 

Even if Disney didn’t specify this, it’s an absolute no-brainer that a baby that is so young that he or she still sleeps in a stroller must be attended to at all times and cannot be abandoned.

Have you ever seen something like this while at the Disney Parks? Let Disney Dining know in the comments!

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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