Walt Disney World has seen its share of unruly theme Park Guests in the past year. Although fights over line-cutting or photo spots among Guests can be a troubling story or sight, they don’t always end in arrests or trespassing (Park banning).
This particular story involves a troubling incident of a Disney Parks Guest sexually assaulting a Cast Member. The Guest, an owner of Jersey Mike’s franchises, was allegedly intoxicated during the incident.
Andrew Ticknor, a 36-year-old resident of Sioux Falls, was apprehended at a Walt Disney World Resort bar after striking the rear end of a female Disney security guard.
The incident occurred in March at the Three Bridges Bar and Grill within Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, as outlined in an arrest report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released months later. Ticknor had allegedly had too much to drink, and the onsite security guard had to get involved.
The security guard, whose identity remained undisclosed in the report, informed authorities that Ticknor “open hand slapped her left buttock at one point,” the arrest report said. Initially, the Cast Member was reluctant to press charges as long as Ticknor was banned from the premises, but she changed her mind after consulting her manager.
The arrest report emphasized that the Disney Cast Member was donning the appropriate security officer uniform, complete with security patches on both shoulders, and prominently displayed a large security badge on her shirt’s front.
Upon arriving at the scene, Deputy Justin Pickle of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office described Ticknor as “intoxicated and stumbling around near the entrance of the restaurant,” according to the arrest report. Disney sought to have Ticknor, who was visiting the Park with his wife and family, banned from the premises.
Ticknor then left the hotel in an Uber accompanied by his father, but he failed to stay away, leading to his subsequent arrest. He came back to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and returned to his hotel room. This was noticed by Cast Members, prompting the Resort manager to contact law enforcement. Ticknor was then taken into custody on battery charges against a uniformed security guard and trespassing on the property after receiving a warning.
He was also issued a second trespass warning by Disney.
As per the records from the Orange Circuit Court, the Guest has since pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges of the first degree. A trial date has been scheduled for June 26.