Two Disney World fanatics who livestreamed their trip to the Orlando, Florida, theme park’s reopening over the weekend are receiving intense backlash for continuing to explore the park after one fell ill.
The YouTuber Tonya Blakey, known as That Crazy Disney Lady to her 9,500 subscribers, streamed over 10 hours of footage of her trip to the Magic Kingdom on Friday and Saturday. In the videos, she and a friend, Robin, wandered the grounds, rode Splash Mountain, and experienced a brief health scare.
At one point during the day, Blakey said Robin suffered an allergic reaction (previously, when Robin noted she was having trouble breathing, she inquired whether a brownie contained cashews) and visited a medic station. Ultimately, Robin decided against using an EpiPen to alleviate her symptoms and opted to take Benadryl instead. Her condition, however, soon worsened and she returned to the medic. In the stream, Blakey added that Robin’s blood pressure was elevated and she was “violently vomiting” but was “being stubborn” and refused to go to the hospital.
Commenters swiftly questioned whether Robin’s condition was something other than an allergic reaction, with some wondering whether she was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Blakey quickly shot back at her viewers and denied Robin was ill.
“If anybody else asks about Robin having COVID-19, you’re going to be not in the group anymore,” Blakey said, possibly referring to her private Facebook group that fellow Disney fans can request to join. “I’ve already clearly stated what was wrong with Robin. Robin would not be in this park if she had COVID-19.”
Among the concerned viewers was the gamer Jenny Nicholson, who shared a clip of the women with her 157,000 followers on Twitter.
Nicholson listed Robin’s apparent symptoms — “cough, shortness of breath, and severe vomiting” — and added that the two women returned to the park despite complaining of sore throats.
The original video was eventually removed after the tweet faced a copyright claim.