You’ve heard the tales of the lifetime Disney ban. If you don’t want to be permanently banned from the Walt Disney World, you’ve got to read this!
“To All Who Come to this Happy Place, Welcome.” Well …. maybe not all.
Disney welcomes millions of guests every year to Walt Disney World. However, when guests exhibit less than Disney-friendly behavior, that can result in a hefty price, like a lifetime ban.
So what exactly does it take to go from Disney fan to Disney banned? Here are some examples of previous guests and cast members who thought they were above cheesing off Mickey.
If you don’t want to get banned from WDW, whether it be for a day, a decade, or for not so happily ever after, keep reading!
EXHIBIT A: ENTERING UNAUTHORIZED AREAS
While Disney is employed by thousands of wonderful cast members who love to create the magic, one of the easiest ways to get banned (and let go) is to share Disney’s backstage secrets.
Then cast member Jason Jeter gained notoriety on TikTok for filming antics such as dunking his personal water bottle into Disney’s decorative, non-drinking fountains, drinking the water from said fountains, and rating the taste of the water out of 10. He also posted videos entering restricted areas of the parks and boasted about it to his (at the time) nearly one million followers.
Jeter’s behavior resulted in his firing from the Walt Disney Company (he did not disclose any further info as to why he was fired, so the Walt Disney Company may have seen fit to fire him for additional reasons that were not disclosed).
Soon after being let go, Jeter was asked to leave while visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian hotel, and was informed that he was no longer permitted anywhere on Disney property, permanently.
EXHIBIT B: ASSAULTING A CAST MEMBER
Despite Cinderella’s advice to ‘have courage and be kind’, or Snow White’s cheerful reminder to ‘remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine’, guests of WDW have been known to forget the principles of common courtesy when on vacation.
Another regulation found on Disney’s website states that guests must show courtesy to other guests and cast members “by not using profanity, or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive, or offensive behaviour.”
While this rule seems like common sense, there are countless instances of guests displaying less than friendly behavior towards cast members, which has resulted in a Disney ban.
Earlier this year, when WDW was still requiring that guests wear face coverings, security officer Kristen Goldstein addressed an unmasked male guest, age 51, asking him to put his mask on. The man responded to the female cast member’s request by telling her to leave him alone, and then allegedly spat on her.
The result? Arrest, battery charge, and a lifetime ban from The Most Magical Place on Earth.
EXHIBIT C: REPEAT OFFENSES
Bad behavior doesn’t always immediately result in a permaban. However, if Disney discovers the perpetrator breaking the same rule repeatedly when they’ve previously been warned, it’s likely that there will be no more great, big beautiful tomorrows at Disney for them.
A former guest by the name of Dion Cini was warned of his actions after riding attractions and waving a “Trump 2020” banner. WDW’s rules state that the “use of any flag, banner, sign or other material for commercial purposes, or as part of a demonstration” is prohibited.
When this guest was permitted to return after breaking this rule at WDW, he came back only to defy Disney by breaking the exact same rule. He was then banned for life at all Walt Disney World properties.
A year later, he attended Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and broke the same rule once again. He is now permanently banned from both WDW and Disneyland.
DON’T BE THAT PERSON!
There are plenty of other misgivings that may result in a warning or ban from Disney. Before you go, make sure you read the full list of rules and regulations from WDW.
Part of having the most magical Disney vacation ever, is making sure you and your party do your part to ensure that WDW is a safe and happy place for your fellow guests and cast members alike. You may be on vay-cay, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore the guidelines Disney has put in place.
If you want to throw away your rule book while on holiday, try having a Dole Whip for breakfast, lunch, and dinner instead! You can never have too many Dole Whips at Disney, that’s my personal rule.
Do you know anyone who’s been banned from Walt Disney World? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page!