clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Maskless family attacks elderly man at Walt Disney World, report says

A mostly maskless family attacked an elderly man at Walt Disney World, according to reports.

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.
In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
John Raoux, Associated Press

A mostly maskless family reportedly attacked an elderly man at Walt Disney World just before Halloween, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

What happened:

The Orlando Sentinel reports there have been a number of incidents at Walt Disney World regarding face masks. One of them included an elderly visitor getting into a fight and then getting attacked by two strangers from a group who weren’t wearing masks at all.

Here’s how The Sentinel’s report reads:

“At Disney, an elderly Hollywood Studios visitor got into an argument and then was attacked by two strangers from a large family group who weren’t all wearing masks after they took shelter from the rain by the bathrooms near the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office report.

“One man punched the senior in the head and then a woman from the family joined in, hitting the victim after he fell on the ground. The man, who was at least 65 years old, was not seriously hurt, and the large family left the park before the sheriff’s office could arrest anyone during the Sept. 17 incident, the report said.”

However, The Orlando Sentinel also details how one employee started to keep count of the amount of people who wear masks at the park, and found 94% to 98% wear their masks correctly.

This made him “feel better about humanity, that we’re all in this together,” he told the Sentinel.

Some more context:

How Disney World has responded to guests wearing face masks has changed a bit over the last few months — but the consistent thru-line has been enforcing the policy. Recently, Disney World decided to stop an entire ride because someone wasn’t wearing a face mask, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Disney World asked a family to change their face masks back in August because they weren’t the right kind of masks, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. They left to switch masks. One of the family members came back without a mask at all, which started an argument.

  • Disney’s policy says masks should “cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the guest to remain hands-free” and “fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.”