Is “Poor Parenting” on the Rise at Disney Parks? Guests Say Yes.

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Between the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland Resort) and the Most Magical Place on Earth (Walt Disney World Resort), each Disney Park welcomes thousands of guests daily, making millions of visitors yearly.

But some guests behave better than others.

Some Guests Behave Better Than Others While Visiting Walt Disney Parks

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According to recent guest reports, “poor parenting” is rising in Disney theme parks, making for a worse customer experience than in previous years.

One anonymous guest shared one of their experiences on Reddit, describing a surreal instance in which another guest’s child reportedly kicked them over and over. When they politely asked the child’s parent to intervene, they were met with inconsiderate and selfish behavior. Here’s what we know…

Everything We Know About the Situation…

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In 2021, the guest was visiting Disneyland Resort and riding the Disneyland Railroad attraction when a pair of siblings, “probably aged 4 and 6,” were “physically fighting” beside them.

Allegedly, the 6-year-old began “fully kicking” the guest “several times.” The guest then turned to the children’s mother and reportedly asked, “Excuse me, could you ask your son to stop kicking me please?”

However, the mother “glared” at the guest, told them, “There will be kids at Disney,” and did nothing to intervene, according to the guest’s report.

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As the Disneyland Railroad pulled into the station, the mother found a cast member and complained about the anonymous guest. They write:

Is this a generational, Millennial parenting thing? (I’m a Millennial but with no kids). Or a post-COVID lack of manners and understanding of being in public thing?…I feel like I’ve seen this at the Florida parks more recently as well. To be clear, I don’t blame CMs I blame the parents.

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort alike are no strangers to entitled guest behavior.

But even with the countless stories Disney Dining has reported on regarding guest behavior, some stories still manage to surprise us.

Reportedly, “Poor Parenting” Isn’t Just a Disney Park Thing…

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And it’s not just in the Walt Disney Parks! Another Disney fan added to the thread, “I’m a kindergarten teacher. Poor parenting has been on the rise everywhere since COVID.”

We’re not sure if that’s more or less comforting.

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Please note that the stories outlined in this article are based on personal customer experience accounts. No two Disney guest experiences are the same, and the views expressed in this article do not necessarily align with Disney Dining’s views on Walt Disney World operations.

Have you ever witnessed “poor parenting” while visiting a Disney Park? Tell Disney Dining about it in the comments!

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.

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