Anaheim, CA – It took security more than three-and-a-half minutes to respond to the scene of a massive family brawl in the “happiest place on earth” on Saturday afternoon (video below).
Anaheim Police Sergeant Daron Wyatt told the Associated Press that the incident began as an argument between a brother and sister visiting Disneyland’s Toontown with a family group.
Video of the argument, filmed by a bystander, showed that the altercation quickly escalated into an all-out brawl involving numerous family members.
The video began as three people stood with a stroller in front of Goofy’s playhouse, and a man in a pink shirt screamed “I don’t give a f--k, b---h!” into the face of a woman that police identified as his sister.
His sister, in a white tank top, responded by spitting in his face, and the man in the pink shirt began swatting and slapping at her head.
A man in a white shirt standing with them jumped in and squared off with the man in the pink shirt, and they began circling and bouncing on their feet like they were in a boxing ring instead of children’s amusement park, the video showed.
People in the park began screaming for help as soon as the kerfuffle started. There were children everywhere and the video showed many of them became hysterical during the ensuing fight.
More family members tried to intervene, and suddenly the man in the white shirt popped a woman wearing a tan tank top and Minnie Mouse ears in the head.
Another family member in a black shirt and camo shorts separated the men in the white and pink shirts, but then the man in pink turned around and marched about 20 feet away, back to the sister in the white tank top who had spit at him.
He grabbed her by the hair and started punching her in the head, the video showed.
The same man intervened again and sent the man in the pink shirt away, but that’s when two female family members starting attacking one another with kicks, slaps, and hair pulling, the video showed.
In the meantime, a woman on a handicapped scooter got up from her chair and toddled over to try and break things up.
In the midst of the catfight, the handicapped woman was knocked to the ground where she lay on her back until family members rushed to assist her in getting up.
The man in pink returned and said “let’s go, momma,” to the woman who had been knocked down.
But then before he could assist her, his attention turned back to his sister and he grabbed her by her hair and began hitting her in the head and face, and then threw her to the ground, the video showed.
His mother pretty much collapsed at that point, and had to put her arms around the neck of another family member to stay upright.
“I’m ready to go to jail tonight! I’m ready to go to jail tonight!” the man in pink screamed at his sister who was still on the ground where he’d pushed her.
At that point, bystanders jumped in and circled the woman on the ground to keep the man in pink from attacking her again, the video showed.
A small child that belonged to the fighting family stood nearby crying and looking terrified as the melee continued.
Suddenly, the woman in the tan tank top marched back over to the group and demanded that the woman on the ground get back up to fight with her.
As family members attempted to help the handicapped woman back to her scooter, the video showed the man in pink punched the woman in tan in the face, and then grabbed onto her hair, threw her to the ground, and began beating her in the head.
Three bystanders intervened and pulled the man off the woman, who lay screaming curled up in the fetal position on the ground, the video showed.
They held him to the ground briefly, and then let him up as Disneyland security staff began arriving on the scene, three-and-a-half minutes after all hell had broken loose in the amusement park known as the “happiest place on earth.”
But the chaos didn’t end there because the security personnel who responded to the scene appeared ill-equipped to deal with the violent family.
It was several minutes before security was able to finish separating the brawlers and evict the group from the park.
Sgt. Wyatt said police arrived after the fight had ended, the Associated Press reported.
Disneyland Resort Spokeswoman Liz Jaeger said that the people who participated in the brawl were handed over to the police.
“Any type of violence is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” Jaeger told the Associated Press in an email. “Those involved were immediately removed from the premises and turned over to the Anaheim Police Department.”
Police said the family refused to cooperate with the officers, so initially, no charges were filed.
However, after police saw the video of the melee, they said they would work with prosecutors to determine whether any charges - such as disturbing the peace, domestic violence, or assault – should be filed against any of those involved in the fight, the Associated Press reported.
Police have said they don’t know what started the battle between the siblings.
No injuries were reported, according to the Associated Press.
Watch the amusement park brawl go down in the video below: