Guest Dressed as Spider-Man Reportedly Chased By Security Through Park

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Spider-Man on-Sunset Boulevard

Credit: Screenshot via Twitter

You never know what you might see while vacationing at Walt Disney World’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT.

Andrew Garfield The Amazing Spider-Man
Credit: Sony Pictures

On a recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, some Guests witnessed an unexpected chase between security and a park-goer disguised as Spider-Man. That’s right, on July 10, 2022, your friendly neighborhood superhero was spotted sprinting down Sunset Boulevard.

Witnesses took to Twitter to share their reactions. Twitter user Sam wrote:

tell me why i just saw spider-man sprinting away from tower of terror with security going after him?? what is going on?

Another Twitter user, who goes by Jake, shared a video of the incident, which you can see in the Tweet below.

Although we do not know exactly why the pursuit started, we can assume it was likely due to what is an undeniable dress code violation by the Guest in the above clip, seen walking in the rain wearing a head to toe costume. Actions taken by security following this mishap remain unclear.

According to the Disney’s Theme Park Dress & Costume Guidelines, such cosplay is strictly prohibited. With the exception of certain Halloween and Christmas Events and the occasional Star Wars themed get-up, costumes and costume masks are considered inappropriate attire for Disney Parks Guests.

Disney cites the following as inappropriate attire on their website:

  • Costumes and costume masks, which may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older.
Exceptions:
  1. Specific Halloween and Christmas events. 
  2. Some outfits inspired by Star Wars.
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Clothing that touches or drags on the ground
  • Clothing with multiple layers is subject to search upon entry
  • Objectionable tattoos
Tom Holland's Spider-Man climbing up the Washington Monument
Credit: Sony Pictures / Marvel Studios

As per the Disney Parks guidelines, those in violation of this rule are subject to denied admission or removal from Disney Parks, in an effort to protect “the experience of other Guests.”

In most cases, this is to prevent confusion between the public and the Cast Members/Performers. Although Guests won’t be seeing Spider-Man at Walt Disney World due to a longstanding licensing agreement with neighboring Universal Studios, dressing up as the superhero is still a no-no.

Spider-Man at Superhero Island
Credit: Universal

Disney bounding, however, is permitted as can be seen all over the parks. In these cases, Guests are often dressed not in costume, but rather in outfits inspired by their favorite characters. An example of Disney-Bounding can be seen in the photo below.

Related: The Inventor of Disneybounding Gives Her Top Tips for Dressing Disney

Disney-bounding-galaxys-edge
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

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