Man Arrested After Camping on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island Accepts Plea Deal

Photo Source: / Richard McGuire (WKMG)

We previously shared the news that Richard McGuire was arrested after camping on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island. We are learning today that McGuire has accepted a plea deal.


The video of the Walt Disney World Discovery Island manhunt was released (found here) which doesn’t show the police finding McGuire but does give a look at the abandoned island.

Richard McGuire.
Richard McGuire. (WKMG) / Credit:

As shared by ClickOrlando: When he was arrested, McGuire said he’d been camping on the 11-acre island for several days and called it a “tropical paradise,” according to the report. “Disney world ain’t playing. Disney World ain’t (expletive) playing,” McGuire said.


As part of the plea deal, McGuire must pay a $100 fine, plus court and prosecution costs. He entered a plea of no contest and adjudication will be withheld, meaning the trespassing charge will not show up as a conviction on his criminal record. The plea was filed Sept. 30 and records show the case is now closed. McGuire has also been banned for life from Walt Disney World.


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