A Florida woman was arrested — although she won’t face any punishment — after she was accused of pushing several senior citizens in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue this year, according to court records.
Two Maryland women, ages 73 and 64, were in line for the popular Magic Kingdom roller coaster when they said Eboni McFarley, 31, pushed past them to join the rest of her party. McFarley was accompanied by four children. The incident happened in February, and the sheriff’s department released the arrest report months later.
The Maryland women held their places and refused to move, telling McFarley to wait in line like everybody else, the arrest report said.
McFarley “became agitated” and pushed her way past the two women, the arrest report said.
As she forced her way past them, McFarley scratched the 73-year-old woman’s right arm with her fingernails, causing her to bleed, the arrest report said.
“Both were adamant that there was nothing haphazard or incidental about the contact Eboni made with them,” the two Maryland women told the sheriff’s department, the arrest report said. They said they were willing to testify in court and prosecute McFarley.
There were multiple people in line who witnessed the altercation and then found themselves getting pushed by McFarley, too, when they intervened, the arrest report said.
A large family from Illinois saw what happened, and a 52-year-old woman confronted McFarley, telling her not to touch anyone.
McFarley got physical again, pushing a 23-year-old Illinois woman into a wall and pushing past three males — ages 17, 22, and 72 — as she advanced in the queue, the arrest report said. The Illinois family was not hurt and did not want to prosecute.
The 52-year-old took three photos on her phone, capturing snippets of the altercation as it unfolded.
McFarley had a different take on the situation. McFarley claimed she was the victim and had done nothing wrong when investigators interviewed her and two others in her group.
“They maintained that they felt they were being victimized and profiled because they are African-(American). Eboni maintained she did not batter or push anyone. She did express a concern that her children were touched during the incident, however my investigation did not reveal any information to support this,” a deputy wrote in the arrest report, noting he did not interview the children.
Law enforcement believed McFarley had committed a battery, and she was arrested and taken to Orange County jail, where she was transferred into the custody of the Orange County Corrections Department, the arrest report said.
Disney also trespassed her from Walt Disney World property.
A battery charge was filed, but the assistant state attorney’s office decided this spring the case was” not suitable for prosecution,” according to Orange Circuit Court records.
This is the just the latest in a series of squabbles and physical altercations over perceived line cutting at Walt Disney World. Last fall, a brawl broke out in Fantasyland after guests were accused of line cutting at Mickey’s PhilharMagic. A fight also broke out earlier this year over fireworks viewing spots at EPCOT.