Psychiatrist Offers Take on Disneyland, “It’s a Lot of Mental Illness”

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Left: A woman looking around Main Street, U.S.A. Right: Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ride in a teacup.

Millions of Guests visit Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney annually. They come from worldwide and represent all different walks of life and professions.

This week, a psychiatrist visited Disneyland Park and offered her thoughts about the experience. Dr. Willough Jenkins, who shares information about her career on TikTok, made this video at the Disney Park:

@drwilloughjenkins

You can’t take me anywhere! I love the magic of the Disney parks and seeing how much joy it brings both young and old. You can’t help but smile everywhere you look! Star Wars and Pirates were the hits today. #disneyland #disneytiktok #psychiatry #childpsychiatrist #medicalhumor #therapytiktok #healthcareworker

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“There’s so much pathology here,” Dr. Jenkins said.

“What, the people?” the cameraman asked her.

“No, not the people! All the characters, like the dwarves,” she laughed. “If you really think about it, it’s a lot of mental illness.”

Oswald at Disney California Adventure
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Of course, it’s important to note that this video was made in jest. Dr. Jenkins’ TikToks do not aim to provide a professional opinion or diagnosis and do not represent her employer or its affiliates. And overall, she enjoyed her visit to Disneyland Resort!

“You can’t take me anywhere! I love the magic of the Disney parks and seeing how much joy it brings both young and old,” Dr. Jenkins wrote. “You can’t help but smile everywhere you look!”

Mickey Mouse at the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Resort for the Disney100 celebrations
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This is one of many unique takes on Disneyland Resort on social media. Last year, we reported on a distinguished water sommelier, Martin Riese, who called the Southern California Disney Park “the scariest place on earth.”

“You create amazing characters, Disney,” Riese said in an interview. “It’s all about your movies, and then there’s completely bland water where it has no character whatsoever because, again, Dasani is nothing else than purified highly-processed tap water from the house of Coca-Cola.”

What do you think of Dr. Jenkin’s video? Share your thoughts with Inside the Magic in the comments!

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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