Disney Guest Faces Backlash After Swimming In Forbidden Lagoon

swimmer in seven seas lagoon and no swimming sign

Fistfights including children? Check. Unzipping Disney princesses’ dresses? Check. Swimming in dangerous off-limits waters during a Disney vacation? Unfortunately, check!

If you recognize this checklist as a list of ‘approved’ (read: definitely NOT approved) tasks for terribly-behaved Walt Disney World Resort Guests, then you have most likely been well aware of the increasingly-atrocious behavior coming from adult Disney Guests in the past few years.

Documentary-Worthy Bad Behavior

Disney Guest behavior has gotten so bad that there is actually a documentary being made about it — and unfortunately, Disney World Guests seem intent on upping the ante when it comes to bad behavior. Now, their behavior is truly dangerous (not to mention insensitive).


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Warning Signs? Who Needs Them?

A TikToker who goes by the handle @Taraswrld was just spotted swimming with her family in the Seven Seas Lagoon that borders Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. Tara and her family had rented a boat, which is not uncommon on the lagoon.

However, swimming is absolutely forbidden due to multiple risks, with the main focus being alligators. Tara and her family ignored the rules that were clearly listed on the warning signs, swam, and were escorted off the lagoon by the authorities.


Alligators and other wildlife, such as snakes or other reptiles, are frequently spotted within the waters of Walt Disney World Resort (particularly in the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks). Credit: Insurance Journal

The Tragedy Behind the Backlash

Unfortunately, Tara did not seem to understand the severity of the misdeed. “We literally got a police escort,” she wrote as the caption for the TikTok video shown below.

Other TikTok users pointed out the obvious reason for the Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom no-swimming rule, which is the tragic death of a child in 2016. A two-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon near the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.


The Grand Floridian Resort borders the Seven Seas Lagoon and faces the Magic Kingdom. Credit: Ear To There Travel

Many TikTok users thought that swimming in the lagoon was both disrespectful and dangerous.

“How’s this funny?” one person asked caustically. Other people cast aspersions on Tara’s character or intelligence.

“People don’t realize the amount of people that actually pass or get seriously hurt at Disney,” another TikTok user wrote.

These days, Disney does try to keep alligators out of the lagoon and Disney Parks’ bodies of water — but that is no easy feat, and Disney has rules in place for a reason.

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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