Drunk Couple at Disney Dangle Their Baby Over the Side of the Ride Vehicle While Soaring Through the Air

Unacceptable Dumbo Parents
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Just when we thought we had heard it all, we learn about a couple who visited the parks and endangered the life of their baby, and all in the name of . . . nostalgia?

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Millions and millions of guests enter the gates at the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort in California every day of the year. Some are old guests, some are young guests, and some are in-between guests. There are short guests; tall guests, and . . . the list goes on.

And because so many people visit Disney Parks every year, it’s not uncommon to hear of some less-than-mature, less-than-appropriate behavior.

Despite rules developed by the Walt Disney Company for guests visiting a Disney property, there seems to be no shortage of guests whose behaviors at Disney Parks would likely bring shame and embarrassment to their mothers.

Disney Guest Behavior 

We’ve even reported on some of the most dangerous guest behavior at Disney.

Some guests have tried to bring toy guns into the parks. That may sound harmless to some, but to Disney Security, it’s a problem.

There have been incidences of guests fighting with other guests, guests wearing inappropriate clothing in the parks, and guests arguing with Cast Members who touch their baby’s strollers.

Nasty Note on Boy's stroller Disney World

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A so-called “urban explorer” was caught by Disney Security and Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies as he was trespassing on the abandoned Discovery Island near Magic Kingdom. (Sadly, it didn’t stop him from continuing to breach the gates at the Walt Disney World Resort and enter backstage areas where no Disney Guest is permitted.)

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We’ve even seen and heard reports of guests base-jumping off of moving ride vehicles to retrieve cell phones near dangerous animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests inappropriately touching character Cast Members, and more.

A young Disney guest once climbed out of the boat at the former Splash Mountain attraction at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort when the boat stopped mid-way through the ride and refused to get back into the boat for an extended period of time.

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Related: Child Taken From Parents After Disneyland Incident

When will they learn that dangerous guest behavior at Disney Parks can lead to severe consequences besides ruining a Disney trip altogether?

When it comes to Disney guest behavior, sometimes we think we’ve heard it all. But this may be the first report we’ve heard –at least in a while–of guests misbehaving and endangering the safety and well-being of their child.

People Magazine published an article titled, “Disney World and Disneyland Employees Share the Craziest Things They’ve Ever Seen at Work,” and the Cast Members’ communal confessional of things they’ve witnessed while working at the U. S. Disney Parks is astounding. This particular story was terrifying.

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Baby in Danger

A Cast Member working at the Dumbo the Flying Elephant Attraction shared the experience of witnessing a couple putting the life of their baby in danger.

A group of guests boarded the ride vehicles at the attraction, and it was obvious to Cast Members that they were inebriated. Two of the drunk guests got into the ride vehicle with their infant and buckled their safety belts.

Soon, Dumbo took flight as Cast Members put the ride into operation.

Once the couple with the baby was soaring 18 feet off the ground, they unbuckled the safety restraint. They suspended the baby mid-air, as though they were re-enacting the first scene from Disney’s The Lion King in which Baby Simba is held up by Rafiki so all at Pride Rock could see him.

Photographer Gets Pic Of Baboon Holding Baby Just Like In The Lion King | iHeart

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“While I was working on Dumbo,” the Cast Member explained, “these drunk people removed their infant from the seat belt and held the baby like Simba outside of the carriage while the ride was up 18 feet in the air, so their other drunk friends could take pictures of them doing it. We had to emergency stop the ride. They were escorted away and arrested once outside the park gates. It was very scary to witness.”

Thankfully, Cast Members were highly attentive, saw the dangerous situation before them, and immediately stopped the ride before anyone was hurt.

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Related: Child Left Screaming After Parents Abandon Them at Disneyland

The couple was escorted to the front of the park and arrested outside the gates.

Thankfully, the baby was unharmed, but it’s genuinely terrifying to realize what might have happened had the less-than-aware, less-than-responsible Guests been any less aware and less responsible.

Have you ever seen something like this story unfold while in the Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments! 

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About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!


  1. The shame of this is that if the parents did this to the infant then they are probably gonna be terrible parents all the time and that kid has no chance of growing up right.

  2. Did the ride operator not see the parents were drunk before he let them on the ride??

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