- An Alabama man is arrested for living on closed Disney's Discovery Island.
An Alabama man was arrested on a shuttered Disney World island living out his quarantine. The man told authorities it felt like a “tropical paradise.”
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney’s Discovery Island on Thursday. He said he’d been there since Monday or Tuesday and had planned to camp there for a week, according to an arrest report.
Deputies searched the private island for him on foot, by boat, and by air but the man did not hear them since he was asleep in a building. He told the deputy he didn’t know it was a restricted area, despite there being numerous “no trespassing” signs.
McGuire stayed on the island despite Orange County Marine deputies using a public address system to tell him he was not allowed on the property. A security representative for Disney saw the man using a company boat on Thursday noting that the area had several “no trespassing” signs and two closed gates. She asked the agency to press charges.
McGuire was arrested on a trespassing charge and taken to jail without incident. Discovery Island, previously called Treasure Island, was closed in 1999.
Disney World and Disneyland have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, a man was arrested at Disneyland for breaking into the Disney California Adventure park.