The Walt Disney World Resort should be one of the most magical destinations on Earth. For two parties in mid-July, their vacation took a turn for the worse when they became involved in a physical fight following Magic Kingdom Park’s closure after the nighttime spectacular, the now-retired Happily Ever After, around Cinderella Castle.
Earlier this year, a physical altercation broke out aboard the Magic Kingdom ferryboat, with the fight being shared on social media shortly after. However, it seems that two months prior to this disturbance on board Walt Disney World’s water transportation system, another situation had occurred in line for the ferryboat for Guests experiencing their own Disney World vacation.
In public records obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a fight was reported on July 12, 2021, at around 22:13 p.m. following the fireworks at the Central Florida theme park. Per the reports from the officers who attended the scene, we can ascertain the following events.
The officers were called to the ferryboat line, where it was reported that a physical fight was in progress. The two parties — two Chicago women and a couple from Tennesee — were already separated, with the latter speaking with Disney security personnel and claiming minor injuries.
Proceeding onto the ferryboat itself, they were met with the other party — two Chicago women and their family group — who claimed, initially, they did not have any injuries. Both parties were then escorted to separate rooms in the Security Office by Disney Security Management.
The two women gave voluntary statements and claimed that “a lady with a stroller was arguing with her husband” (the Tenessee couple), and when beginning to walk onto the ferryboat and filling every available space, the lady with the stroller forced her way through the line using the stroller to push past other Disney World Guests. It is then that one of the women in the other party was struck by the stroller and the other was allegedly struck in the face by the lady’s elbow. It is reported that during this time the male victim/suspect was being verbally abusive. Following their statements, the two women asked for their injuries to be checked out by the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
Concurrently, in another room at the Security Office, the Tenessee couple provided their version of events, which included that the other party was the primary aggressor. The gentleman had minor injuries to his knee, which the report says is “indicative of contact with the ground,” while the lady “had a laceration on her scalp and was complaining of a headache.” The man was reported to be using racial slurs and being verbally abusive towards the deputies and Disney Security staff before calming down and becoming more cooperative. They were both treated by Reedy Creek Fire Department.
Neither party decided to press charges during the incident at the Disney theme park and a supplementary report claims that “Disney Management assisted all parties with returning to either their vehicles or their resort accommodations.”
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