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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Phenomenal1
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Phenomenal1

That monkey was totally the middle man between Pluto and his drug dealer.

Courtney
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Courtney

It should be a general rule – if your “service animal” or “therapy animal” has the mobile ability to jump on me and/or rip off my face, it isn’t allowed in. Call me a curmudgeon, I would have walked straight to Guest Services and complained.

Kelly
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Kelly

My thoughts exactly…she is doing it for attention as are so many other people with companion animals. Some people actually need them but some just don’t want to leave their animal at home. They will ruin it for the ones that actually need a service animal when Disney decides to deny them entry.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Or she could have a mental illness and see the monkey as her child. You have no idea what her situation is, Disney is just as much at fault for allowing her in with the monkey.

Marla in CA (@Marlalac)
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Marla in CA (@Marlalac)

No the monkey should have not been allowed in. Disney should only be allowing Service animals that meet the qualifications. In my opinion, even “support animals” should not be allowed. Disappointing on so many levels. Wonder what excuse this patron gave. Still shouldn’t have been allowed in. So I couldn’t bring in a glass christmas ornament into the park that I had bought from a resort due to the no glass rule. But she can bring in a monkey.

Ron
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Ron

Disney only cares that the lady pays money, she’s in line for an autograph with a book she bought from them, and will pay for photos. She’s a model patron. They could care less about anything else.

Travis
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Travis

Of course you can’t have a glass ornament in the parks! If they let you do that, someone’s monkey might steal it and throw it at someone!

J
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J

No, and the untrained “service dogs” that ran around and barked on the Carousel of Progress shouldn’t have been allowed in either. The CM saw them but did nothing except say “thanks for bringing the puppies, they made my day!” WTF?

Chloe
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Chloe

They are probably trained. Many Service Animals are not used to large crowds and all the sights and sounds of Disney.

MaryEllen Gafford
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MaryEllen Gafford

Service Animals are trained in all sorts of situations, one being crowds. A monkey is not a Service Animal; perhaps an Emotional Support Animal. I work at a zoo and this is an ongoing problem nowadays, making it harder for people who actually need Service Animals.

Destiny (Service Dog Handler and Trainer)
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Destiny (Service Dog Handler and Trainer)

They probably belonged to the lying bitch who drags 10 untrained dogs to Disney everyday and claid she is training them. She doesn’t need the dogs, she just wants attention. Also, real service dogs ARE trained to ignore crowds and distractions and shouldnt be in public if they can’t behave.

Mike
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Mike

I think if you’re the type of person who lets something like this ruin your day, you need to get your priorities in order. Also, you’re probably the type of person thats tons of fun at parties.

Amy
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Amy

Yes, Mike. ?

ND
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ND

I think the service animal thing is getting way out of hand. If you need hearing or sight dog, fair enough. These people that need dogs for comfort etc, it’s a bit ridiculous and somewhat unfair on the dog. On Christmas day I saw a lady feeding her service dog Gatorade. These people are substituting animals for children.

Still.. I bet they didn’t feel the need to put the monkey on their shoulders during a show, or make their monkey push to the front of the parade route… So better than most people with kids at WDW!

Chloe
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Chloe

I give Dr Tink and Cinderella Gatorade. It helps with electrolytes in Service Dogs. A valuable nutrient in both humans and Service Animals.

MaryEllen Gafford
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MaryEllen Gafford

You also said that “many Service Animals are not used to large crowds…”

nathan t oehme
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nathan t oehme

From the ADA: A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained,… Read more »

Chloe
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Chloe

Disney allows Working Animals provided they are not “Active” meaning they cannot have attack commands. Therapy, SAR, ESA, Passive Drug/Explosive Detection. Monkeys are classified with Therapy, to get in she was probably bombarded with questions from Management when it comes to other animals besides a dog or miniature horse. She did not give the correct answers, the monkey would be staying free of charge at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.

Certification from an accredited Animal Behaviorist, Doctor’s Note reasoning for monkey, for monkeys they need a full medical record.

MaryEllen Gafford
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MaryEllen Gafford

Cloe, I doubt that the Central Florida Zoo would have allowed this. The animals in our zoos, as well as our guests have to be protected. Outside animals can carry diseases and can disturb our animals. We have had guests sneak small dogs in and they their owners wouldn’t control them. They bark at the animals and the people. One was going under the fence into the Adax yard. A guest informed us and we escorted them out. I could go on and on.

Jo
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Jo

I don’t think they should have allowed the monkey in either. As you can see in the video she dropped the leash and quickly stepped on the leash on the ground. A true service animal would not require you to be pressed to hold them that close on a leash because a service animal stays with the person they are servicing. Had I been there with my children I would have been highly upset.

Rose L.P.
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Rose L.P.

Yeah, I personally think that this stupid women, should have never have bought the monkey into the park! Like hello! Did the security not see her with a monkey, were They not paying attention to the lady with the monkey?! ? a lady like that with a pet monkey doesn’t belong in the park! ? I don’t why security didn’t stop her and say to her: “excuse me Mame, but your not allowed in with that monkey into the park! ? was the security blind not to see a lady with a monkey! ? pffff…give me a break! ?

Deborah M
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Deborah M

I bet the security guard looked in the stroller and decided not to tell the woman she had the ugliest child he had ever seen and let it go through

Joe P.
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Joe P.

The gaurd could have thought, dang this woman has an ugly kid. I better not say anything.

Brenda Monkhouse
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Brenda Monkhouse

Monkeys aldo carry diseases. Therefore, that lady shouldn’t of been able to enter WDW.

Brendana Monkeyhouse
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Brendana Monkeyhouse

So? That monkey is probably cleaner than you. Maybe Disney should ban you too.

Audrey
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Audrey

Yes there is a big difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal. Unfortunately, there seems to be great potential for abuse with the latter. Don’t want to leave your pet monkey (or pig or whatever)home or pay for someone to care for them. Got a doctor that will give you whatever documentation needed? There you go…you get to bring your pet along. Seriously, if you can’t go to WDW without your monkey, you probably should stay home.

Disney Pete
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Disney Pete

Anyone with a paying ticket is allowed whatever pet they see fit. We’re not gonna let that money get away juts because there are old rules from the previous management.

We look after the money.

Jesse Edwards
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Jesse Edwards

I had someone try to convince me that a snake was her therapy animal.

No…snakes are reptiles who are only concerned for themselves and would bite the hand that feeds it if it felt that was a viable food source.

A monkey is in no way a “domesticated” animal and I would be VERY curious to see if she has a license to have an exotic animal, let alone a license to have this animal as a service companion. These types of things are getting VERY out of hand.

Chloe
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Chloe

Snakes are great therapy animals. have actually seen snakes coil around the neck of handler alerting an owner…. A seizure is about to happen. Therapy and Emotional Support Animals can be any type of animal to help comfort others including monkeys. When it comes to Service Animals ONLY dogs and miniature horse. Monkeys can be domesticated with lots of constant training. Too get in the parks with a Therapy Monkey, she has all the legal certifications, medical records, and doctor’s note. If she did not have all the paperwork or answered Management Questions incorrectly, the monkey would be staying for… Read more »

Chris Gapske
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Chris Gapske

That is not a legit pet or allowed it is not in the approved list and was smuggles or snook by passing it off as a kid

Warrenz1963
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Warrenz1963

Who. Cares. This is news?

anna
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anna

Was the monkey charged admission?

Walt Disney Ticket Sales
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Walt Disney Ticket Sales

No because he was under 3 and Guests are not charged until they’re 3.

Renato
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Renato

Yeah this should not have been allowed to happen. I’m sure this issue could have been avoided and probably dealt with a little differently if she tried to pull this stunt at DAK. They would’ve been on her like white on rice.

Pat
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Pat

Get a frigin’ clue people! Remember the woman whose face got taken off by a monkey?Sorry the so called ” service” animal abuse is so out of control!!

Chloe
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Chloe

Disney allows Therapy Animals, and Therapy can be all sorts of animals from monkeys to snakes to birds. I know 6 monkeys in Central Florida which detect seizures, know what term they are called Medical Therapy Animals due to ADA not allowing monkeys on the ADA list.

Travis which ripped the face off a person in Connecticut was caged and also on Xanax. Prior to attack Travis was showing signs of aggression. Travis was over 50lbs.

Mary
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Mary

While I was on airplane, man behind me was talking about having his doctor say his dog was a service dog! All who you know