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From Brain-Eating Amoeba to Rust: STOP Drinking Water From Disney World Attractions!

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Recently, a Disney fan gave guests a much-needed PSA to stop putting their hands in the water and drinking it, while riding a Disney World attraction.

Disney fans are devoted and loyal, but sometimes, some hardcore fans can take this to a level that is unsafe for themselves and possibly others as well. Over the years, there have been multiple accounts of guests drinking the water from Disney World attractions, as well as sticking their hands and feet outside of the attraction, and a recent video highlights important reasons that guests should stop.

"Partners" statue in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort

“Partners” statue in front of Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

Fans Continue Trend of Putting Their Hands In Water During Ride

While having fun at the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the best parts of a Disney vacation, it’s important to remember that some rules and guidelines are put in place to keep guests safe. One of the most important guidelines (that is often broken) is guests putting their hands in the water or outside of the ride while at Disney World.

Recently, the TikTok account Nostalgiamountain shared a video cautioning guests against doing this for three main reasons.


Dont do this! 🤢 #disney #disneyparks #disneyland #dinsneyworld

♬ original sound – Nostalgiamountain

The three main reasons that the video explained were brain-eating amoebathe possibility of tetanus, and the ashes of fans’ loved ones.

To further contextualize the video’s argument about brain-eating amoeba, the state of Florida has seen the second-highest number of recorded cases since 1962, behind Texas, which is number one. However, it’s important to note that per Tampa Bay Times, “Only 157 cases were logged in the U.S. from 1962 to last year, according to the CDC. Florida accounted for 37 cases, the second-highest behind only Texas, which reported 39.”

The video added that this brain-eating amoeba is the speculated reason for Disney abandoning River Country.

Beacons of Magic, Tree of Life, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Beacons of Magic, Tree of Life, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

The video also highlighted that since the machines lay in the water, they can get rusty, and if guests have even a small cut on their hands, they could risk a Tetanus infection.

Finally, the video reminded people that guests do sometimes scatter their loved ones’ ashes at Disney World, and while cast members and Disney often warn people not to do so, it still happens.

The video also showed a man drinking water from a Disney World attraction, and it goes without saying that if one shouldn’t put their hands in the water, one certainly shouldn’t drink it.

Is It Safe to Drink Water at Disney World?

All this said, as long as guests continue to drink water from the fountains at Disney World, the water is fine to drink as it’s filtered and safe for consumption.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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