I am a premium annual pass holder at Disney World in Orlando.On our most recent visit I decided to take a smoke break so went to the nearest "designated smoking area" - the one next to Tomorrowland Speedway.
Being the ONLY person in the vicinity (it was very late) I walked about 20 feet from the trash can/ash tray to sit on the bench and stretch my legs - I have MS and my muscles tighten and hurt. All of a sudden this janitor carrying a broom and dust pan approached me and began screaming "NO!" I didn't understand what she was upset about and no matter what I tried to say or ask her she kept screaming "NO!" It was obvious that she had an accent and I glanced at her name tag - she was from Columbia and obviously didn't speak English because she wasn't responding to anything I was saying. My assumption was she was upset because I was not standing right next to the trash can/ash tray. I tried explaining I was the only person in the area, that I needed to sit because I'm handicapped and my legs hurt, that I would not put my cigarette out on the ground - I would walk over to the trash can and throw it away.
Again, no matter what I said, she only screamed "NO!" After a minute or so of this I just ignored her. At the time she approached me I was attempting to call my teen-aged daughter, who had stayed home, to check on her. When I stopped engaging her she lunged at me and attempted to grab me by the arm. I jerked out of her reach and then she began making faces and mimicking me using my phone.
She again lunged at me, attempting to grab me by the arm. Then she attempted to grab my cigarette out of my hand. Three separate times she attempted to "assault" me. When I finished my cigarette, with her still standing there screaming "NO!" at me, I walked over and put out my cigarette and threw the butt in the trash can.
Again, there was no one but me in the area. I noticed then that there was not an ash tray on top of the trash can. For the last 12 years, since Disney implemented the "designated smoking areas" this area has been a smoking area - even while others have come and gone. Of course, had she been able to speak English she could have told me this - but she never attempted to.
Then she began "stalking" me. I would "sense" someone's presence and look up and she'd be staring at me from afar - when we'd make eye contact she'd mouth "NO!" to me and then shake her head. I finally had enough and walked up to a Disney cast member to inquire who to talk to about this. Out of nowhere, she shows up behind me and starts screaming again in very broken English.
The entire experience was upsetting, bizarre and way over the top - for anywhere - especially for Disney World.Unreal.