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Robert Niles
Editor

Sometimes, it's the other visitors, not the rides, that ought to worry you

Published: July 19, 2007 at 1:36 PM

Plenty of brutal details have emerged about a May 27 attack at the tea cup ride in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. A thirysomething Orlando-area woman was left with chronic back injuries after a larger, older Alabama woman jumped her after the victim loaded two pairs of elementary-aged children on the spinning cup ride, according to court documents reported in the Orlando Sentinel.

The alleged attacker is facing felony charges.

Witnesses say that the alleged attacker shouted profanities and shoved a couple kids after accusing the victim of cutting in line. (Both ended up in the same load group on the ride.)

[commentary] Plenty of folks complain about what they believe to be unruly teenagers at parks such as those in the Six Flags chain. Personally, I'd rather wait with a gaggle of tatted-up teens than a pair of stressed-out Moms, any day of the year. Do *not* get near an angry mother in a theme park! [/commentary]

Replies (14)

Chris Wilkes

Published: July 19, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Again... if you are irritated and not having a good time... LEAVE.
Ryan Traylor

Published: July 19, 2007 at 3:28 PM

What makes someone so special that they think they can cut in line? Most parks now have special access fees, like US Front of the Line passes, or even SF Fast Passes or their super duper over priced non-sense one day ticket. Why can't they wait in the line like the rest of us. Or be smart and generate a game plan to attack rides in proper order as to not have to wait.

There are times when I get aggrivated at the people who cut in line in front of me. The worse is the trail of a dozen people who just walk by you heading up to their "friend" or "parent" or just some place in line. The problem I see outside of Disney is that the queues are so long (i.e. Goliath, The Riddler, Batman @ SFMM, a lot at Kings Dominion) and far from any employee you cannot report it, unless you get out of line, losing your own place.

I have never had problems at a Disney park. Even I have stepped out of really long wait time lines to use the bathroom and the people around you in line are cool with that.

But when someone passes you that you have not seen in the line at all, that's when I want to see them removed from the park. But beating up the person? That's just crossing the line for cutting the line.

Claudine Deshaies

Published: July 19, 2007 at 3:53 PM

Yeah, I hate line-cutting too, but I could understand a bit better if she maybe had just shoved the other mother (not that that's right, either) and not a little kid. I thought that maybe with 4 children with her, the victim might have stepped out of line to take one to the bathroom or something. Who knows? That teacup queue can get pretty long.
I was watching everyone leave after the parade the last time I was there and everyone looked miserable. Too much junk food, sun, walking and standing in line makes sane people crazy. My friend and I sat down on an empty bench to rest (there were 3 empty benches) and an older woman walked right over to where my friend was sitting and pretty much sat on top of her- my friend had to jump out of the way to not get squished. But we didn't beat her up or anything, we just moved away - far away.
Kelly Smith

Published: July 19, 2007 at 3:59 PM

Well, we only have the attackers word that she did actually cut in line. Not sure how trustworthy that is.
John Quinteros

Published: July 19, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Good thing I don't go during the busy times, cause I don't like to deal with this crap! When the lines are short, I realy don't care if a few people cut me.
Brian Emery

Published: July 20, 2007 at 6:36 AM

The problem here is we will never know the real story. Maybe person #1 thought person # 2 cut the line. Bur really how can you cut the line with 2 pairs of elementary kids and a mother?? And who could shove a child anyway?

Chronic back problems?? Sound like the usual frivolous law suit. This whole thing sounds fishy to me… I am sure she will sue Disney for not providing her with the proper protection…..

We need Thunder-dome two men enter, one man leaves!
Heck this could be a new attraction for the parks…. “F U - I’ll see you in Thunder Dome.”

Lawrence Smith

Published: July 20, 2007 at 6:43 AM

This is the craziest story I have ever read. I have never personlly witnessed any physical altercations at any parks I have attended. I wonder did the lady make any attempt to defend herself?
brian lochridge

Published: July 20, 2007 at 8:52 AM

If you cut in line, you get a beat down, I like that Idea.
Colleen M.

Published: July 20, 2007 at 3:58 PM

I remember, two years ago at Animal Kingdom, a man pushed another man's wife down by the "It's Great To Be Bug" attraction, and man whose wife was knocked down got into a fist fight with the other guys wife. He bit off the guys tip of his finger!! No joke! They agreed to not press charges so the cops wouldn't be called and actually shook hands! Weird folks at all the parks it seems. This was during the Christmas season too, which made it even worse. They both had small kids too.
Mark Tolson

Published: July 21, 2007 at 5:49 AM

People just need to learn how to act. Theme parks are suppose to be fun!!
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: July 21, 2007 at 9:50 PM

What got me was that both parties got in the same load group. I don't remember the MK Tea Party well, but in DL, there is a loading area between the queue and the ride platform. You're supposed to fill in that whole loading area so that you board the loading platform in a mass, as opposed to a single file line.

However, many people remain singe file, and even get hostile to those who actually do listen to the cast members and step forward to fill in all the available space.

The fact that both moms ended up in the same load group makes me wonder if this was, in fact, what happened when the accused claimed the victim "cut in line."

I have no way of knowing that, but I've seen that type of situation play out hundreds of times.

Jayson Myers

Published: July 22, 2007 at 5:48 PM

I agree with Mr. Niles. There is a loading area, so everyone is going to get on. Even though it looks like someone is "cutting", they are not. Everyone gets a cup. By the story above, I understand the confusion, but everyone gets on.
Rob P

Published: July 23, 2007 at 12:48 AM

Interestingly enough this was a subject that I nominated in your recent poll about what annoys you at Theme Parks.

Cutting in line and ill behaved "guests" really annoy me.

Our fellow contributors who advocate walking away from trouble are absolutely 100% right.

Unfortunately most of us , myself included , find this hard to do. If you've waited patiently in line for a long time ,along with many other well mannered guests, then having someone cut in front just isn't going to happen.

Maybe..........and I hate myself for suggesting this.....all lines , particularly at busy periods,could have a cast member in attendance to police it.

Unobtrusively of course..........but there nonetheless.

Prevention is better than cure ?

Mike West

Published: July 23, 2007 at 1:20 PM

First of all, let's establish that as parks keep growin the front of the line opportunity is the only way you are going to hit 16 coasters in one day. We never have the time & infinate resources to stay hotels, & buy entrance for multiple days. While I agree the mouse does it best with everyone having equal opportunity with fast pass, at least with the others, we can pay a little extra & not have to pick & choose what to sacrifice because we can't wait in lines AND do it all in one day.
For some SF attractions parks where the fastlane isn't designed well, and you actually have to make your way through those standing in line to get to it, we've met resistance from people.
Illegal line jumping however is a terrible plague in the parks. I see so many seemingly mild mannered people turn dark over it. Problem is perception. Who knows with certainty that they aren't going to meet with someone further in line? Have purchased fast lane, Or haven't taken the kid to the bathroom? Enough to reasonably act on it? That's just crazy, a form of rage like any other, cannot be condoned. She had every opportunity to tell the ride operator & straighten it out, but just let her anger carry her away. What horrible memories for that family of their trip to one of the happiest places on earth. Shame on her! It really pains me when I see the spirit of fun go completely out the window at parks(Like whoever it was that stole my umbrella while I was on the Demon two months ago). It was really hard for me to shake off my anger for a bit, but to heck with letting someone's lack of class ruin your well earned day in the sun(even if it's raining).

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