An Inside Look at What It’s Really Like to Go to Disneyland Jail

Keeping the magic alive (and guests happy) at Disneyland is a lot of work. In fact, Disney has employed a number of secret procedures to ensure incidents are taken care of without drawing any direct attention to the matter. Case in point: Disneyland jail.

With undercover cops and smiley security guards roaming the park, reprimanding uncooperative guests can happen in broad daylight without other guests even noticing. However, this seamless procedure has some serious consequences and could result in major, life-changing punishments (page 6), including getting banned from Disney parks forever (page 8).

Up ahead, we uncover what it’s really like inside Disneyland jail and what people — including, actress Blake Lively (page 4) — have done to land themselves in Mickey’s slammer.


People walk in the Disney Store in Mean Street at Disneyland Paris

It’s one of the most common charges. | Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Disneyland may be the happiest place on Earth, but there are a lot of unhappy things that take place there — including, crimes like shoplifting. As one of the most common charges at Disneyland, shoplifting can get you into some serious trouble with the Mouse.

Next: You’ll be shocked to learn how often this happens at Disneyland.

Inappropriate behavior

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Security is monitoring for any inappropriate behavior. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

Another mishap that will land you in Disneyland jail? Inappropriate behavior. While this is more of an umbrella term, one of the most common incidents is fighting. Whether it’s for elbowing or punching, fighting with another guest or cast member is a sure fire way to see what Disneyland jail is really like.

Next: Disney allows this behavior in its parks, but if you aren’t careful you could be escorted to Disney jail for it.

Too much to drink

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You might face public intoxication charges. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Disney’s California Adventure may allow drinking in its park, but its no excuse for those who abuse it. In fact, those who have too much to drink and, as a result, act inappropriately can be taken to Disneyland jail and promptly removed from the park. In some cases, Disney has gone as far as to charge drunk guests with public intoxication.

Next: Can you believe Blake Lively once landed herself in Disneyland jail?

Sneaking in


Actress Blake Lively got in trouble for sneaking in. | Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

Want a FastPass to Disneyland jail? Sneaking in will get you there. In an interview with David Letterman, Blake Lively discussed the time she and her brother were arrested at Disneyland for sneaking into the park. “My brother thought it was a really good idea for us to go to Disneyland … so, he put hairspray on the stamps of somebody that came out, and you put your hands together [to transfer the stamp] and then you go through,” Lively recalled.

Although the transfer of the stamps worked, they were not as sneaky as they thought. After successfully going through the turnstile, Lively and her brother were met by “these guys in normal outfits” (aka, undercover Disney cops) and taken to Disneyland jail.

Next: What Disneyland jail is really like.

Disneyland jail looks like a security office

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Disney security will hold perpetrators. | gorodenkoff/iStock/Getty Images

While Disney keeps its so-called “jail” under wraps, most have described the jail to look more like a security office or holding area. Depending on the incident, Disney security will hold perpetrators in the office until they figure out whether or not a more serious action needs to be taken.

Next: What happens after Disneyland jail.

It can result in real jail time

The police might take over. | Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images

It’s no secret that Disney goes out of its way to protect its guest from any type of magic ruiner. That said, Disneyland jail is more of a way to remove a disruptive guest from the premises before Mickey’s friends at the Anaheim Police Station take over.

Depending on the circumstances, Disneyland jail can result in serious legal actions, including real jail time.

Next: If you serve time in Disneyland jail, this could happen to you.

They will take away your passes

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It could be the end of your magical day. | Handout/Getty Images

In addition to real jail time, those who end up in Disneyland jail can face a number of consequences. This includes ticket revocation and being asked to leave for the day. On top of that, season pass holders could face a suspension of at least one year.

Next: Disney is not afraid to take strict actions against uncooperative guests.

You could get banned from Disneyland forever

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A serious crime could result in a lifelong ban. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Another punishment guests face when landing themselves in Disneyland jail? They could get banned from Disneyland (and other Disney parks) forever.

That said, there is a way to undo this devastating punishment. Those involved in less serious incidents have worked with legal teams and written genuine letters to Disneyland customer service about how they used the unfortunate experience as a lesson. It’s no guarantee, but the park has lifted bans for those who are sincerely sorry.

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