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

With the current park closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no secret that Disney fans are missing Walt Disney World dearly! Unfortunately, one man decided to take advantage of the closures, and camped out on Discovery Island.


According to USA TODAY, a man named Richard McGuire, 42, from Mobile, Alabama was arrested on Thursday, April 30 after camping on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island, according to an arrest report acquired by USA TODAY. McGuire has been banned from all Disney properties and charged with a misdemeanor for trespassing.

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Discovery Island is located in Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake. It was closed to the public in 1999. The island property remains closed to the public today with “no trespassing” and “private property” signs posted.


According to the Orange County arrest report, officers conducted a search by foot, boat and helicopter and eventually found McGuire. He had been sleeping in one of the island’s buildings and referred to the property as a “tropical paradise.” Robert Ricks, Orange County Police Officer wrote, “Richard stated that he had made entry to the island to go camping on Monday or Tuesday and had planned on staying on the island for approximately one week.”

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.