Just because a person happens to be at the Happiest Place on Earth does not mean they are a happy person. In fact, many people who attend theme parks just might be having a miserable time... and want to take down everyone around them. Over on Reddit, people who worked at amusement parks shared stories of the biggest adult meltdowns they have ever witnessed. Vote up the hissyfits that deserve a time out.
- 1219 VOTES
She 'Filed A Formal Complaint'
From Redditor /u/iamknotjesus:
Was working one of the kiddie rides one day, and this kid in line stuck his head between the bars in the gate. It took me and two other adults to pull the bars enough for the kid to get his head back out.
Afterwards, the kid's mom comes running over and starts yelling at me for letting him get his head stuck. I told her that she should have been with the kid in line.
She did not like that response. She stood there yelling at me for a good five minutes, claiming that I'm irresponsible and should not be allowed to work the kid rides. I called a manager over on the radio, and he took a "formal complaint" from her, writing down what she was saying in his notebook.
After the lady left, he showed me his notebook, and there was a drawing of a dragon eating her and her kid.
- 2199 VOTES
From Redditor /u/acedetectivesquirrel:
I worked at Disney several years ago. One job I had was working with the various characters, and let me tell you what, people lost their goddamn minds over the characters. I was threatened, screamed at, followed, called names, spat at, all manner of rude things for either taking the character away or not letting people cut the line.
But the one that always comes to mind is one mother. We did allow Make-A-Wish kids to cut the line and meet the characters first (for obvious reasons). One time when I did this, the mother got very angry and said: "I wish my kids had cancer so they could cut the line!"
I had no response except to pray the poor Make-A-Wish family hadn't heard her.
- 3144 VOTES
'Just Survive The Night'
From Redditor /u/KopitarFan
Worked Disneyland on New Year's Eve 1997. I was a busboy at Riverbelle Terrace. The place was packed. Not a seat to be had. There were, however, some open seats at The Golden Horseshoe, which was maybe 100 yards away. We were told to direct people over there.
This woman towing three kids and an elderly man comes up, holds out a $20, and says "Find me a seat." I let her know that we can't take tips, and even if I could, there were simply no seats to be had. However, there are seats at The Golden Horseshoe, and I showed her where that was. She screams, "Oh, come on! No seats. That's ridiculous! You want me to walk a mile just to sit down?"
I told her that I was sorry but I would keep an eye out for seats and let her know when a table opened up
Fast forward 20 minutes. I find her and her party basically squatted on the edge of one of the planters to eat. Whatever, I don't care. I see their trays next to them with empty plates. I ask if I can take them. "Yeah," she says. "Glad to see you can do something! Take it away, trash man."
I smile and take them away. Five minutes later, she's bitching to my manager that I took their trays without asking and that they were still eating. He refunded their money. I went to him after to plea my case. He just laughed and said, "Don't even sweat it. New Year's Eve is hell. Just survive the night. It was cheaper to refund her than to have her waste more cast member time. Shake it off. It's not you who is the problem."
Last New Year's Eve I ever worked there.
- 4126 VOTES
Man Stops Ride When His Son Is Too Short For The Attraction
From Redditor /u/buttered-bacon:
I worked at a children's theme park, the kind of place you would expect five-year-olds to be having meltdowns. Instead, the adults were some of the worst humans I've ever encountered. One particular incident sticks out most in my mind. The ride was one where children drive little cars around a track, but the kid has to be over six years old. My friend was loading children in, asking them their age in the way we were trained. Frequently, you get a child who is younger than six, and you have to tell them they can't go on the ride. The children, for the most part, are fine with this; they move on. Their parents, however, are livid.
So the kids are coming in, and the loader tells one he's too young for the ride. The child's dad takes this as a personal insult and starts shouting at my friend, telling him this is absolutely unacceptable, he wants a refund, he wants to speak to a manager, "What the f*ck do you mean, my kid can't go on this ride" sort of thing. The rest of us are out on the track hearing some blustering, wondering what's causing the hold-up.
The loader calls a manager and security because this guy is making threats now. Manager arrives, tells my bud to swap positions with one of us out on the track so he's no longer in the line of fire. Manager seems to be dealing with it, ride begins, everything's fine.
THEN, out of nowhere, we see this dude climbing the fence surrounding the ride, shouting that he's going to beat up the guy who wouldn't let his child on the ride. He jumps down onto the track. We emergency stop the ride, leaving loads of six-year-olds sitting in their cars just wanting to go for a drive. Security rush out, grab the guy, and pretty much have to drag him off the track.
Guy who was loading the children has to sit in the back for a while to calm down. The guy who jumped on the track ends up getting a refund for his park tickets, and the manager gives him a couple of fast track passes for other rides for the "inconvenience."
- 5116 VOTES
Mother Slaps A Ride Operator In The Face
From Redditor /u/bridgetkohl:
Former ride operator here. I've had many instances of adults having meltdowns over safety procedures being an inconvenience to their "best day ever" experience (I've been spat on, screamed at, threatened, you know the works).
I have to say, over the three years I worked at my coaster, the worst was during the first week of my second year. So, the coaster that I worked at had the tallest height requirement in the park, meaning we had a lot of families coming through with "parent swap" cards that let one parent wait through the line while the other waits at the exit of the ride with the kid who's not tall enough to ride. Parent 1 rides, trades spots with Parent 2, who then rides the next cycle when Parent 1 gets back.
So, I had two mothers standing with their strollers in the exit, while dads are waiting in line. They point out their husbands, and I tell them I'll save two seats for them on the next train, and then ask a fellow operator that's separating people into rows to hold two seats on the next train. So, the train pulls in, and fellow operator has forgotten to save two seats for these moms.
The people sitting in the seats meant to be saved are buckled in, and I ask them if they can step back into the queue and wait for the next train, as these two moms were waiting in line in front of them at the exit. People on train start screaming at me that they've been waiting in the sun for two hours and they aren't getting off, moms are standing next to me screaming that they've been waiting for longer and those are their seats, get out.
I ask the people on the train again to please step back into the queue and tell them the next train will be here in five minutes, and I attempt to explain the parent swap process again, when one of them stands up and full-on slaps me in the face.
She yells something about me being a 16-year old on a power trip (I was 19 at the time), says she doesn't want to ride the ride anyways, and stalks off down the exit, friend in tow. Moms get on the ride, we sent the cycle, and my supervisor provided a bag of ice for my face.
- 6112 VOTES
No Winners Here
From Redditor /u/JN_Lawrence:
Was running the Whack-a-Mole.
Some guy lost and punched the winner in the throat. Called security, and he was kicked out, and they gave the winner some free stuff to apologize.