PHOTOS, VIDEO: Woman Controversially Brings Pet Monkey to Meet Pluto at Disney World

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I have seen my fair share of outrageous guests at Disney World in the 28 years I have been visiting. I have seen inappropriate t-shirts, scantily clad women, grownups in full blown character costumes, and even a woman with a “service” squirrel dining with her at Katsura Grill, but nothing may have been stranger than the lady who brought a monkey in a diaper (traveling in a stroller) to Epcot this weekend.

A pet monkey, not part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts I think…

Not only was this monkey being wheeled around in a stroller and wearing a diaper, but the monkey got to meet Pluto while at Epcot.

Now, since I posted pictures and videos of the incident, we have been bombarded with angry feedback from guests who are upset that a service or therapy monkey was allowed into a Walt Disney World theme park. Technically, per the rules of theme park entry, this type of creature is not allowed in the Walt Disney World theme parks, even if they have certification for it. A monkey qualifies as a wild creature and for the safety of surrounding guests, simply should not be allowed in.

Now, I did not try to get an answer from Disney on the situation (I doubt they would talk to me anyway), but it seems that the monkey shouldn’t have been allowed in, but some sort of special exception was made. I highly doubt that a monkey was smuggled into Epcot, especially with security procedures as they are now.

What do you think? Should the monkey have been allowed in?

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • I think she snuck the monkey in ..probably covered it with a blanket so they thought it was a baby in the stroller..I don’t believe it was a service animal..

    • Hi, me & my mom were talking about the lady with the monkey in the park, & she figured it was a service monkey, I thought it was her pet, But then again, it could have been a service monkey.?

      • Monkeys can’t legally be service animals. The laws only covery dogs and miniature horses.

  • I know you can buy documentation saying it’s a service animal even when it’s really not…money talks…pay someone enough…

  • You guys need to chill out. There are spiders that can warn a person about an impending seizure, and there are monkeys that can help people with crippling hand conditions. You all sound like a bunch of sour pusses.

  • No offense, we always take our pet dogs and just put a vest on them. Disney couldn’t care less. As long as we’re spending money, we’re golden. If Disney really gave a shit about their guests they might have better policies for the comfort of all guests,, but we know, they don’t, so, game on!

    • Sadly Mary, you are the guest Disney management is catering to. Monkeys, Cats, Puppies, whatever else doesn’t impact Disney’s only goal. Money. If they really were a company looking to make a good experience, at least there would be some guidelines. Reminds me of the Guest Assistance Pass everyone and their brother could get to skip the lines, until it made the news, Disney ignored the mayhem and inconvenience to guests. Now they have the Disability Assistance Pass which is almost as nonsensical.

    • If you think faking a disability to drag your precious puppy everywhere is okay you’re serious b**** and don’t belong in these places.

      • Why, don’t you read about a person named (Petra) on here she commented on here, she wrote about her pet monkey. & she posted about her disease that she has, & you’ll see why she has the monkey with her ! ?

      • Cuz Disney would rather have me and my dog there spending money. Until they change their business model as Disney only cares about my money, screw ’em. I’ll bring the cat too!

        • Bitch, it’s ILLEGAL to bring pets into places pretending they are service animals. Youre dog is going to end up distracting a real service dog and possibly KILLING the owner. The park workers are just too afraid to ask because liars threaten to sue them the second they question anything. If you can’t keep your fucking dog home, don’t go outside and stay with it all day forever. Probably better for you anyway.

          • No offense, I really don’t care about your opinion, what offends you, nor your legal interpretations. Disney doesn’t care, they only want my money. Therefore I don’t either! That simple. Your true colors looks like you’re not a very pleasant person anyhow, and have a mouth your mom should have knocked the teeth out of for language.

    • It is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida to pass your pet off as a service dog. You face a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

      You’re also really hurting those of us who need legitimate service dogs just to be able to do the things you take for granted, like going to a restaurant, shopping, or going to a theme park (where we still may not be able to do everything or spend all day there). Businesses give us access problems because of people like you. Our service dogs get attacked, which could lead to expensive re-training or retirement for the dog (and being home-ridden for the handler), by pets passed off as service dogs.

      Be thankful you don’t need a dog to help you do everyday basic things. Be thankful you didn’t have to spend many thousands of dollars on a service dog, whose training takes a full one to two years of multiple training sessions each day. Be thankful and leave your pets home, where they’ll be happiest, or in the kennels Disney has for pets.

      You said “no offense”, but it is truly offensive when someone fakes a pet/emotional support pet as a service dog.

      • No offense, I really don’t give anything about your opinion, what offends you, nor your legal interpretations. Disney does not care. They ask nothing about service animals. They only care about making money. Therefore, the other arguments make this “not about you”, so, go mind your own business.

        • Could you please let the rest of us know when you and your unlicensed animals will be at WDW so we can turn you in to the Orange county authorities for breaking many laws?

          • And I’ll vouch for her so you get arrested for filing a false police report. Also let’s be honest, Disney would vouch for her too because they wouldn’t want the bad press and I’m sorry pretty sure the cops would believe Disney over a stupid bitch like you. Have fun doing 5 to 10!

  • My favorite part of the article is where you wrote “With security procedure with what they are”. What a JOKE! They don’t do ANYTHING for security, a show and tell metal detector for some guests, no staff, and tons of ways to get weapons, or pets, or whatever you like in the parks.

  • That was me and my Monkey, Abu. He is my rock. I have Dravet syndrome and it could be deadly. Abu is trained to recognize when I go into an episode and seek help. It pains me to see that people are so ignorant about this. You have no idea how hard it is to lead a semi-normal life. Abu has allowed me to do things that I could never before accomplish.

    I urge you to learn more about my disease: https://www.dravetfoundation.org/what-is-dravet-syndrome/

    • Petra I knew you had all the certificates, doctor note, and medical records to get a monkey in Disney. Management must have drilled you hard. What many people do not know is that monkeys detect seizures. Service Dogs have a 40-65% detection rate when it comes to Davet Syndrome. Abu if not mistaken has detected at 100%. When it comes to seizures with Davet Syndrome you cannot have a Service Dog that 40-65% detection rate is too low, chances having a terminal seizure to high. Petra, you probably see me with Dr Tink or Cinderella if you come to Epcot often I am the Director of Emergency Rapid Response Team http://www.errt.us

    • Petra I’m so sorry if this has been embarrassing for you. Both of my friend’s sons have Dravet Syndrome and it pains me to see all the things they’re unable to do. Tom should be ashamed of himself for posting this and calling you outrageous and strange. It’s absolutely pathetic that he wouldn’t even try and contact Disney for an answer before stating his opinions like they’re somehow facts. He really should take this post down out of respect for you, but sadly I know he won’t because all he cares about is website traffic and I’m sure he’ll probably make fun of me for criticizing him, but I could care less. Please keep trying to live the best possible life that you can and never let uniformed idiots control what you do.

    • I have sympathy for your condition. I understand that you feel that you need your monkey for your own health and safety. My question is – Where is the line? What if tigers, meerkats, mountain lions, hippos, were all better at detecting seizures? At what point are you taking a non-domesticated animal and not only trying to forcibly domesticate them, but putting them in situations with thousands of people, which has to be stressful to ANY species of animal that is not a domesticated species?

      You can love that animal with all your heart – I am sure you feel like your specific monkey behaves just fine. But leashing a wild animal, even for your own health, is putting other people at jeopardy. The woman with the pet chimp who ripped off her face also thought her animal was perfectly behaved and domesticated pet. The truth is, unless it is a dog/cat/horse/pig/misc farm animal, it has not had hundreds of years of domestication and should not be brought into a public place. Even if it is better at doing a job than a dog.

      • I am not the only one who feels this way :

        “While the relationship between a disabled human and a service monkey may appear mutually beneficial on the surface, the monkeys used in this industry have sacrificed their health and general well-being. Unlike dogs and cats, monkeys are not domesticated animals and cannot be made so in one generation or twenty. Painful training methods, including electric shock packs, are utilized in an attempt to control these naturally independent and inquisitive wild animals. Non-human primates are extremely social animals whose normal development requires the company of others of their own kind. Ideally, primates should live in the wild. Their natural habitats include species-typical social groups that allow them to learn from their families and have a rich emotional life.”

        http://www.primatesanctuaries.org/issues/advocacy/service-monkeys/

    • It is great that you have him at home, but you cannot take him into public places. He is not a service dog under federal or state laws. Passing him off as a service animal is a misdemeanor in Florida. Taking him into restaurants and anywhere that sells food is against the health codes, which could lead to the businesses to face fines. Obtain a service dog for when you need to go out. There are very valid reasons why monkeys were excluded from the laws, including safety for all. Even before the law excluded monkeys, program-trained monkeys were only for home use because the trainers and handlers understood the problems.

  • Therapies dogs and emotional support animals don’t have Public Access rights guys, only service dogs do. Try a little research before commenting out of your ass.

  • For all of you saying she brought the monkey in just for attention, please… by all means… give me some concrete proof of your accusations:: if not, don’t don’t judget a book by its color:: she might have really needed that qualified service animal with her.

  • I am going to buy a South American Macaw, dress it up in a pirate outfit and teach it to say horrible, vile things and bring it to the park as my ‘therapy animal’.. And I mean vile..

  • Just to make this as simple as possible, a monkey no matter how trained the owner says it is, is still a wild, undomesticated animal and should not be allowed in the parks or any public place. It could become agitated and really hurt someone. I understand this animal helps this lady and her disease but what would happen if a child had say pulled it’s tail, that child would have been bitten or worse and then where would the owner and her monkey be? Not to mention WDW and a law suit for letting it happen. The owner needs to think before she subjects everyone else to her possible threat of a monkey