6 celebrities who have been banned or ejected from Disney parks

Stars kicked out of, banned Disney parks
Bruce Springsteen, Blake Lively, and Rebel Wilson have all opened up about getting in trouble with "the mouse."Will Russell/Getty Images, Taylor Hill/Getty Images, Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
  • It's not just regular parkgoers who get ousted from theme parks.

  • Celebrities have also received bans and ejections from both Disneyland and Disney World.

  • From Rebel Wilson to Blake Lively, here's who has spoken out about getting in trouble with the mouse.

Rebel Wilson says she was banned from Disneyland for 30 days for taking a bathroom selfie.

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Rebel Wilson said she was banned from Disneyland on "The Daily Show."Comedy Central

During an appearance on "The Daily Show," Wilson said she was banned from the Anaheim, California theme park after taking a bathroom selfie.

"I took a photo in a secret bathroom inside Disneyland, which is illegal at Disneyland, and I got officially banned for 30 days," Wilson told host Hasan Minhaj.

According to the "Pitch Perfect" star, it wasn't an immediate ban. Wilson said Disney reached out to her, asking which 30 days she didn't want to come to the park to accommodate her schedule.

"They called me up and said, 'Rebel, what 30 days do you not want to come to Disneyland because you're away filming a movie or something? And I said, 'Oh, June would be fine,'" Wilson added.

Wilson became engaged at Disneyland to Australian actor and girlfriend Tamona Agruma in February.

Blake Lively said she had a one-year ban from Disneyland when she was "about 6" for trying to sneak into the park for free with her brother.

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Blake Lively is seen during her 2009 appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

"I was banned from Disneyland for a year," Lively told David Letterman in 2009. "This was all my brother's fault. If you get a stamp when you leave the park, if you spray hairspray on it you can transfer it onto someone else's hand."

"In the parking lot, he went up to someone and said, 'Hey, can we spray hairspray on your hand and we transferred it," Lively said.

Lively said when they went through the turnstile, they were approached by some employees.

"They say, 'Excuse me can you come with us?'" Lively said. "I'm like 6 years old and my brother says, 'No matter what they say, do not confess. I will not admit that we did this.'"

She added that her brother was approximately 12 at the time, referring to her sibling Eric who is six years older than her.

Lively said they were taken to a place she described as "Disney prison" with "all white rooms" where everyone was wearing white to be interrogated.

"It was really scary and traumatizing," Lively said of the experience. "They wanted us to admit that we were trying to get in for free and then ban us for life. But we were strong. We said we didn't do it."

Former president Barack Obama said he was once "booted" from Disneyland for smoking in the park as a college student.

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President Barack Obama is seen in 2012 at Walt Disney World.Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP

During a 2018 campaign rally in Anaheim, California, Obama recalled how he was once kicked out of Disneyland as a student at Occidental College.

"A few of us were smoking on the gondolas," Obama said of the park's former Disneyland Skyway attraction, which stopped operation in 1994.

Obama attended Occidental College for two years from August 1979 to June 1981.

"These were cigarettes, people," Obama clarified when he initially received an outburst of applause. "Terrible thing, but I'm a teenager, I'm rebellious."

As Obama and his friends reached the end of the ride, he said they were approached by "two very large Disneyland police officers."

"They say, 'Sir, can you come with us?'" Obama said. "And they escorted us out of Disneyland. This is a true story, everybody. I was booted from the Magic Kingdom."

Obama said although he was told he had to leave that day for breaking Disneyland's rule — smoking isn't permitted in the parks unless you're now in a designated smoking area — he was told he was "welcome to come back any time."

Bruce Springsteen said he and his E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt were escorted out of Disneyland for violating the park's dress code.

Bruce Springsteen (L) and Steven Van Zandt perform onstage during the Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band 2023 tour at Climate Pledge Arena on February 27, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.
Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt perform at TD Garden on March 20, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts.Mat Hayward/Getty Images

In Springsteen's 2017 autobiography, "Born to Run," the musician recounted the time he and his entourage were "unceremoniously thrown out of Disneyland for refusing to remove" their bandanas.

"We buy our tickets. Steve, giggling excitedly, can't wait and enters through the turnstiles first," Springsteen wrote. "He proceeds approximately thirty feet inside, where he is stopped, asked to step aside and told that in order to remain in the park, he will need to remove his bandana."

"This, say the powers that be, is so he will not be misidentified as a gang member, Blood or Crip, and fall victim to a drive-by while hurling his cookies on Space Mountain," Springsteen continued, detailing that Steve's bandana was neither the red nor blue colors associated with either group, but "an indeterminate hue."

Springsteen, in solidarity, also refused to remove his own "Born in the USA" bandana.

According to Springsteen, "the main honcho of the several security guards" wouldn't allow them to stay with their current headgear.

Springsteen said they left, exclaiming, "We're outta here! Screw you, fascist mouse! We're going to Knott's Berry Farm," in reference to another California theme park.

However, when arriving at Knott's, Springsteen said they were informed they wouldn't be allowed into the park for the same reason.

USA soccer star Alex Morgan was kicked out of Disney World along with two other soccer players.

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Alex Morgan.Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

In 2017, Morgan attended Epcot with a group of five others, including former soccer player Giles Barnes.

According to an incident report obtained by The Guardian, the group was partying in a bar at the park's United Kingdom section.

A verbal altercation reportedly ensued after Barnes "cut in front of another guest." According to The Orlando Sentinel, Epcot managers called deputies, describing several individuals, including Morgan, as "impaired and verbally aggressive."

The group of six was escorted from the property. Following the incident, Morgan took to Twitter to apologize for her actions.

Grace Jones was reportedly banned from Disney World for life.

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Grace Jones.David M. Benett/Getty Images

According to a September 13, 1998 article in The Orlando Sentinal, Grace Jones "pulled her top off" during a performance at House of Blues, located in Disney's then-Downtown Disney.

At the time, a spokesperson for the Walt Disney World property told the paper "House of Blues does not condone or permit such behavior."

A 2008 feature on Jones in the Independent reported the incident resulted in the performer getting "banned from all Disney properties." A representative for Jones didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment regarding the length of her ban.

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