Disneyland is meant to be a happy utopia filled with exhilarating rides and giant anthropomorphic mice. Kids and adults alike descend upon the various parks around the world in their hundreds of thousands every year just for a glimpse at the magic the Disney brand is world-renowned for.
So really it’s one of the last places you’d expect to see a fight break out.
I mean, you go there to get away from all the nonsense of day-to-day life.
However, onlookers at Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park, California were horrified recently as a vicious fight between family members was caught on camera.
The video, that has garnered more than one million views on YouTube, escalated from an argument after a woman appeared to spit in a man’s face, with police officers being called to help break up the fight.
The brawl initially just involved a brother and sister but quickly escalated to involve other family members, Anaheim police sergeant Daron Wyatt said, per TIME.
The man in pink can be seen punching a woman and man while the woman pushes the children inside of the stroller out of the way.
He can be heard shouting: ‘I don’t give a f***, b**ch.’
Another man then gets involved, appearing to punch out towards another woman before the man in the red t-shirt begins pulling a woman’s hair.
The children appeared visibly distraught and strangers could be seen attempting to keep other children away from the altercation.
Bystanders were forced to intervene when the man in the red t-shirt is seen hitting the first woman repeatedly in the face, causing her to fall to the ground, with security arriving soon after.
The incident left some wondering where park security was and why it apparently took so long for them to respond.
Watch the incident below:
“I thought it was really strange, because it seemed really un-Disneylike for this to go on for so long,” one park visitor said.
A statement from Disneyland said that the park does not tolerate any kind of violence.
“Those involved were immediately removed from the premises and turned over the the Anaheim Police Department,” the statement said.
Disneyland released a statement Monday saying, “In response to Guests’ concerns regarding the altercation that occurred at Disneyland the safety of our Cast and Guests remains our priority. As it’s currently under investigation, we cannot share additional info. @AnaheimPD is handling the investigation.”
Police are now looking into the incident after reviewing the video.
Safe to say this kind of behaviour is inexcusable, particularly in front of small children. Fair enough you might have a domestic on a day out with the family, but this is ridiculous.
I bet it was over something really innocuous as well, like losing a Fast Pass ticket.
Come on, guys, what would Mickey do?
Images via YouTube
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