An Alabama man was arrested and banned from Walt Disney World in Florida after he was found camping in its abandoned Discovery World Attraction. Richard Mcguire, 42, was charged with trespassing after he was discovered living on the island which he said was “tropical paradise.”

He was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned June 3.

McGuire used a Disney boat to reach the island, which has closed gates and “no trespassing” signs. A police report said officers used helicopters and the Disney PA system to try to reach McGuire, but “he did not see or hear them due to being asleep in one of the buildings on the island.”

Disney parks have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but McGuire told the police he didn’t realize the area was restricted. He planned to stay on the island for a week.

“This serves as a reminder that trespassing is not permitted at Walt Disney World Resort,” a Disney representative said. “We appreciate our security team and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for assisting in this matter.”



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