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Noah Lau, The Republic | azcentral.com
You may have seen the story about the man kicked out of Disneyland for unfurling a pro-Trump banner on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Your reaction was either a sly smile or the angry shaking of a fist, depending on your leanings.
But this particular booting had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with violating the rules and regulations of the Happiest Place on Earth.
Never heard of such a thing? They’ve always been there; you’ve just never bothered to read them.
Had Dion Cini paid any attention to the “prohibited activities” section of Disney’s website, he would have seen that “the usage of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd” is not allowed.
Cast members have discretion when it comes to rule breakers, but Cini was a repeat offender, having displayed Trump banners at Disney World in Florida on three occasions last year. Sometimes you’re just asking to be bounced from the House of the Mouse.
Things that are banned at Disneyland
For example, if cast members catch a 12-year-old rolling down Main Street on wheeled shoes (banned, as are scooters, skateboards and skates), the kid would likely be asked to kindly cruise back from whence he came and change into something with acceptable soles.
Same for the parents trying to get the kids to stay still for one darn second so they can capture the moment with a selfie stick. That selfie stick is prohibited. As are large tripods. Or anyone with a camera or recording device intent on using video/images for commercial purposes. (Although it’s unclear if social-media influencers are included in that, even though they’ll find some way to make money off a trip to Disneyland.)
Oversize strollers also are not allowed, despite some of the baby-carrying beasts you’ve probably seen. If your toddler transporter is larger than 36 inches by 52 inches, you may not bring it in — though anything bigger than that could be considered a trailer.
Speaking of which, trailers aren’t allowed either. That’s anything that can be pushed, pulled, tugged or towed, including wagons.
If you’re 13 or younger, go ahead and play dress-up. But if you’re 14 or older, playtime is over. Wearing a costume and/or mask is prohibited for adults.
Disneyland even bans items you’d probably never think to bring. Large suitcases, for example, those bigger than 24 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches high. No drones or remote-control cars, either. And absolutely no folding chairs.
As far as activities that could get you noticed by security, they include more than the unfurling of flags meant to incite a crowd. You may not engage in any unauthorized speeches or demonstrations (and isn’t that something we really appreciate about Disneyland?).
You may not feed animals, so please keep your fries to yourself and away from the birds.
But you know what may get you kicked out even faster than waving a politically-charged banner? Dressing as a Disney character and posing with guests. If there were a “So way, not allowed activity at Disney parks” list, that would be at the top of it.
You know what’s still OK? Smoking and vaping, as long as it’s done in designated areas. There is one each in Disneyland and California Adventure.
But no running. Yes, it’s there in the rules and regulations. If cast members booted those rule-breakers at the park-opening rope drop, Disneyland would be a lot less crowded.
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