February 26, 2024

Disneyland ‘small world’ streaker reminds us why parks have rules


Anaheim police arrested a Disneyland guest for indecent exposure and being under the influence of a controlled substance at one of the park’s most iconic attractions.

Sergeant Jon McClintock said the 26-year-old “took off his clothes and was naked” on Sunday around “it’s a small world”. Videos circulating on social media show the guest climbing around the attraction and wading through it in little to no clothing as stunned fellow guests looked on.

Disneyland said the guest exited the ride vehicle during the ride and operations stopped when the resort was alerted.

The park rules explicitly prohibit “the commission of unsafe acts or other acts that may impair the operation of the Disneyland Resort or any portion thereof.” In addition, “proper clothing, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times.”

McClintock said park security and Anaheim police removed the guest, who was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Ride operations resumed after the attraction was inspected for safety and no other guests were affected after the situation was resolved, the resort said.

Although Sunday’s incident was against the rules, not everything that is prohibited at Disneyland is clear to new guests. Here’s what visitors need to know.

What is forbidden in Disneyland?

Like Walt Disney World and any other theme park, Disneyland has rules to ensure the safety and enjoyment of other guests and employees. The following items are prohibited in the parks.

  • Bicycles, skates, skateboards and shoes on wheels. Just like drones and remote-controlled toys, these recreational devices are prohibited in the parks.
  • Costumes and masks from 13 years. Guests under the age of 14 may dress up as their favorite Disney characters year-round, but older guests may only wear costumes during special Disneyland After Dark events and Oogie Boogie Bash, and may not wear masks unless for medical reasons is required. Younger guests should not wear masks that cover their entire face, obscure their peripheral vision, or obscure their eyes.
  • Fireworks or something like that. Smoke and fog machines are also prohibited.
  • Folding chairs. More than a few guests have remembered to bring something to sit on while waiting for rides or parades, but folding chairs are not allowed in the parks.
  • Glass containers. Small glass containers, such as baby food jars, are allowed in the parks, but larger containers are not. However, they are allowed in Disneyland hotels.
  • Inappropriate clothing. Disney reserves the “right to deny admission or remove any person wearing clothing we deem inappropriate or wearing clothing that could detract from the experience of other guests.” In addition, clothing that drags on the ground and “visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as tattoos with offensive language or designs” are not permitted.
  • Large suitcases, coolers, backpacks or bags. The maximum size allowed is 24 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high.
  • Loose or dry ice in coolers. The park recommends reusable ice packs.
  • Loud noisemakers. These include horns, whistles and large megaphones.
  • Marijuana. Even though marijuana use is legal for guests in California, it is not allowed at Disneyland. Illegal substances are also prohibited.
  • Outside alcohol. Select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District may allow guests to BYOB for a corkage fee, but guests are not allowed to bring their alcohol into the parks.
  • Pepper spray and mace. Self-defense and restraint devices are not permitted.
  • Selfie sticks. Selfie sticks and portable extension poles for cameras or other mobile devices are prohibited. Monopods and tripods that do not fit in a standard backpack or extend longer than 6 feet are also not permitted.
  • Trailer-like objects. “Any trailer-like object that is pushed, pulled or towed by a power transport vehicle, wheelchair, stroller or person” is not permitted.Unstable mobility aids on wheels. They must have at least three wheels and be able to “maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered and/or unoccupied.” If they are electric, they must be operated at walking pace. According to the resort, they can also be for one rider and cannot exceed 36 inches wide and 52 inches long.
  • Carriage style strollers and strollers. While carts may seem useful for transporting children around, they can cause congestion in parks and hinder the flow of guests. That’s also why personal strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long are not allowed. The exception to the cart rule applies to guests with medical needs.
  • Weapons or things that could be mistaken for weapons. This includes firearms, ammunition, knives or similar toys.

Certain activities, such as trespassing and unauthorized soliciting, are also prohibited and are outlined on Disneyland’s website.

Additionally, the resort reserves the right to prohibit any item or activity “that we determine may be harmful or disruptive, in our sole discretion.”

What is prohibited in Disney World? What guests need to know before visiting

What happens if you break the Disney rules?

Accidental, minor violations will be addressed accordingly. For example, an adult who unintentionally wears a costume in a park may be asked to change. Vehicles brought to the parks will be turned away unless they are for guests with medical needs.

More serious violations have more serious consequences. “We reserve the right to deny admission, prevent entry, or require any already admitted person to vacate the Disneyland Resort or any portion thereof, without refund, liability, or compensation, for failure to comply with any of these rules, for unsafe, illegal or offensive conduct, to ensure safety, security or order, or when we believe the circumstances otherwise require it, in our sole discretion,” according to Disneyland’s website.

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