Disneyland reminds visitors to ‘treat others with respect’ after fights go viral

The statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse welcomes visitors to Disneyland. A few fights between visitors inside the park have gone viral recently. (Javier Tommy Calle/Los Angeles Times)

The ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ reminds visitors to ‘treat others with respect’ after some violent clashes at the Anaheim resort.

The reminder came in the form of a new “courtesy” section on the Disneyland website, which was added days after a similar notice appeared on the Walt Disney World Resort website in Florida.

The new section has been added to the Southern California resort’s website as one of the “Top Things You Should Know” before visiting the park, including reminders to make park reservations, updates about face mask requirements and using the park app for park goers to plan their visit.

“We ask everyone who comes to this happy place to treat others with respect, kindness, and compassion,” said the opinion bed. The section refers to the rules of the park.

The new section is similar to one officials added at Walt Disney World Resort, which asks guests to “Be the magic you want to see in the world.”

“You must always remember to treat others with respect, kindness and compassion,” the Disney World Reviews bed. “Those who cannot live up to this simple wish may be asked to leave Walt Disney World Resort.”

KTLA reported the Disney World advisory was added in mid-December, while the Disneyland update was added during the holiday season.

A Disneyland spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new advisories come after a few confrontations inside the park were recorded and went viral online. Videos on social media have occasionally punctured the station’s carefully crafted image, showing ugly fights and clashes inside.

In July 2019, a violent fight between parents at Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland was captured on video, showing parents rushing children past the fight as fists fly.

In May, another video posted on Twitter showed park security trying to separate several people who had started brawling before the start of the park’s Fantasmic! fireworks and water show.

Disneyland isn’t the only park struggling with unruly crowds. In July, Knott’s Berry Farm instituted a new policy requiring chaperones for all underage visitors on Fridays and Saturdays. The decision came after a series of fights between teenagers broke out at the park, forcing officials to close early.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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