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A man was stopped for intrusion Walt Disney World’s abandoned amusement park, Discovery Island, which officially closed in 1999.

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Suspect Richard McGuire told Orange County Sheriff’s deputies he was unaware it was a trespass when he was arrested on Thursday despite the property having numerous signs “Trespassing ban”.

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“Richard said he was unaware of this and that it looked like a tropical paradise,” the arrest report read.

McGuire, 42, arrived on the private island on Monday or Tuesday and told authorities he planned to camp there for a week.

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However, a Disney security official said he saw McGuire use a company boat to get to the island and asked police to press charges, according to The Associated Press.

A man has been found entering Disney’s abandoned theme park, Discovery Island.

Orange Country Marine MPs stationed at Bay Lake said a public address system was used to tell McGuire he was not allowed access to the property, which he allegedly ignored, the file said. of arrest.

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Several MPs searched for him on foot, by boat and by plane, but McGuire maintains he heard no attempt at contact as he slept in one of the abandoned buildings on the island.

McGuire was taken to jail without incident. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment at the time of his arrest.

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Discovery Island was Disney’s first zoological-themed amusement park before Animal Kingdom opened. It was previously called Treasure Island when it opened in 1974.

The island is clearly visible from the Walt Disney World monorail, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. It is adjacent to Disney’s other abandoned theme park, River Country, which closed in 2001.

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