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Woman Arrested for Slapping Her Husband at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Over “Stress of Disney World Vacation”

A woman was arrested for slapping her husband at Disney’s Animal Kingdom earlier this month. The reason they were fighting, the husband said, was from the stress their Disney World vacation caused on their marriage.

Asia Curry, 31, of Westchester, Ill., was charged with domestic violence, according to Orange Circuit Court records.

The couple has been married six years and have two children together. 

“Both stated there has never been previous incidents of domestic violence,” the sheriff’s arrest report said.

Just after 5 p.m. on June 3, the couple got into a fight in the parking lot in front of an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy. The family had spent the day at the theme park, and the husband told authorities, “They began to argue verbally about marital issues related to the stress of their vacation to Disney World.”

Curry put the children in the car and then “proceeded to curse and scream at him. (Her husband) walked away from Asia in an attempt to end the argument. Asia continued to follow him, spitting at him as he walked away in the direction of my patrol car,” a deputy wrote in Asia Curry’s arrest report. “While walking up to the patrol car Asia then slapped him with an open hand in the back of his head. At which point the parties were separated and spoke with Orange County deputies.”

Curry said she slapped her husband because he deserved it, the report said.

The husband wasn’t injured and didn’t want to press charges against his wife, but Curry was still arrested and taken to jail. Disney trespassed her from all Walt Disney World property, the report added.

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Curry did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday to tell her side of the story and didn’t have a lawyer listed in court records. Her arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 17.

For men, intimate partner violence is a significant public health issue, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Approximately 1 in 10 men in the U.S. experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime and reported some form of (intimate partner violence)-related impact,” the CDC says.

For many, Disney World is truly a magical place. The escapism, the thrill rides, the characters, the food, the warm Florida sun shining down.

But people also stand for hours on their feet. It’s sometimes hot and crowded. People spend thousands on their trips and expect the best. Pre-pandemic, sheriff’s reports documented how sometimes visitors fought over parking spaces, berated employees when they could not immediately get on rides and fought each other over the best spots for the parades and the fireworks. Now post-pandemic, park reservations, Genie+ and Lightning Lanes add to the stress of people’s vacations.

WDWNT has posted about several fights post-COVID which are assumed to be associated with vacation stress, from brawls on the ferry boats, to fights over fireworks viewing spaces.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of domestic abuse, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or at https://www.thehotline.org/

  1. This is stupid the cop should have minded his own business unless asked to intervene. Now the poor kids have a horrible memory from what could have possibly been resolve just by calming down for a few seconds. This will get thrown out of court and is just a waste of time.

    1. And if it had been the husband who hit his wife across the back of her head? Would you be saying the same thing? Violence is violence. That woman is not entitled to physically assault her husband because she’s stressed and it’s her who caused the horrible memory for her “poor kids”. Standing up for domestic violence victims is not a waste of time.

  2. This is bull. I have been on several Disney vacations and know how stressful they can be. This was a misunderstanding between a married couple with kids. He did not want to press any charges but a Barny Fife type deputy decided different.

    1. So because a woman is stressed she has the right to physically assault a man? Violence is not a misunderstanding. EVER. If this had been a woman who was hit by her husband in the parking lot people would be raging. This double standard is completely unacceptable. He is a human being who was abused. Period. Most women who are beaten to a pulp don’t press charges, either. Are the police officers who do their jobs then Barney Fife-types, too? An officer who witnesses physical assault is obligated to make an arrest. It is the law. He did the absolute right thing and it is beyond disgusting that you think it’s acceptable for someone to hit another person just because a Disney vacation is “stressful”. I’ve been on 12 Disney vacations with a group that includes my husband, my daughter, and my mother. I assure you, that is stress. Never once have any of us hit any of the other ones. Lack of self-control and rampant disrespect for others along with entitlement are failures on the person committing this type of CRIME and don’t give them the right to perpetrate abuse. She did something wrong, she got punished. It was the right thing.

    2. Disgusting. Maybe in your world, people get to smack you when they’re stressed. Not in mine.

  3. I don’t believe anything the CDC says anymore. Except that I agree with the writer of this article in that WDW vacations have become much more unnecessarily stressful!

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