It may be the “happiest place on earth,” but for one man his days in Disneyland have ended. He was kicked out of the park for good on Wednesday afternoon after unfurling a large pro-Trump flag on the side of the Mark Twain riverboat.
The man identified himself as Dion Cini and he streamed the event live on Facebook moments before the unfurling. The video shows Cini and another male companion taking out a “Re-elect Trump 2020” flag from a bag, unfolding it, and draping it over the side of the riverboat.
The incident was also captured on video by a media group that called themselves Radio Underland and posted it to YouTube.
Cini was quickly contacted by Disneyland security guards and a manager who were waiting for him on the dock as Cini continued live streaming the event. The stream finally stopped when Cini was taken to the backstage area where he apparently was engaged with Anaheim police.
The police did not take anyone into custody, but Cini posted on Facebook after the encounter that he had been banned from Disneyland.
Disneyland released the following statement:
“We welcome all guests to enjoy our parks; however, demonstrations and the display of signs and banners are not permitted on the premises. This person has been previously warned about this behavior, and we have taken appropriate steps to preserve other guests’ experiences.”
A list of park rules is available on the Disneyland website. The park prohibits the use of any “flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes, or to incite a crowd” and also engage “in any unsafe act or other act that may impede the operation of the Park.”
Disney says Wednesday’s incident was not about the content of the flag or political issue but about not repeatedly following Park rules.
“The other thing important here is Guests don’t come to Disney expecting to have their trip impacted by an individual’s actions like this. This gentleman was disrupting their experiences and family memories,” said a Disney spokesperson.