Former cop arrested for trying to bring gun into Magic Kingdom

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

An Arkansas man was accused Monday of trying to bring a gun into Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and impersonating a police officer, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The man's former employer said he was fired two years ago, and should not have police credentials.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:44 AM

You know, they always refer to "random screening," but I can't remember a time in the last few months that I didn't walk through the magnetometers.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:22 AM

What I'm curious about: the police department that fired him said he shouldn't have had their police credentials in his possession.... getting those back isn't something they check off the to do list when firing someone?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:52 AM

Its honestly nof hard to get a police badge if you know who the department orders from.

And darn that security theater for working!!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:31 PM

A stopped clock is right two times a day... and security theater can occasionally work... this guy was, apparently, caught at random.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:53 PM

As I recall, this isn't the first, or even the second time Disney security has stopped this kind of thing.

And, if you'll recall - the Orlando terrorist was put off of trying Disney World after going and seeing the checks. It's not as useless as you would portray it to be.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:58 PM

If this guy was caught at random, then I'll disagree. If he was caught because Disney security was proactively monitoring actual threats, then I'm on your side.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:59 PM

Well thats two times this year. If we get to 12 does that mean the clock actually works?

PS forgot about tge Pulse guy that planned for Disney. Thats three times people have bedn caught or deterred this year...

Last edited by Tekwardo, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:01 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:04 PM

Like I said, I don't know the last time I wasn't screened at WDW. There is something far more deliberate about the way handle security there, and if they have some concern that isn't widely known about in the public eye, you can tell something is different. Four security people make small talk with you before you even get to the virtual turnstiles. Vehicle inspections at the service gates are routine. I think anyone calling what happens at WDW theater either doesn't know what they're talking about or hasn't been there.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:08 PM

That's nothing compared to security musical theatre:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:10 PM

Jeff said:

You know, they always refer to "random screening," but I can't remember a time in the last few months that I didn't walk through the magnetometers.

We were down there in early July. Every time we went through the bag check line we got screened. However, if we didn't bring a bag into the park we went straight to the gates. The security guards would look at the bottom of our stroller and send us on our way.

At Animal Kingdom we were screened without bringing in a bag. At Hollywood Studios we brought in a bag but weren't screened. Same story at Epcot.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:34 PM

That has definitely changed, and I always go through the no bags line.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:20 PM

Maybe you look suspicious. :)

In all honesty I would prefer they just screen everybody. Granted it will add time to your wait to get into the park but there are definite loopholes. For instance, when we went to Epcot nobody that went through the bag check on the left got screened. This may have been based on the placement of the metal detectors. They screen everybody at Legoland and it didn't really add any time for us to get through the gate.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 5:28 PM

As usual, just because Disney puts on a better show doesnt mean its not the samd show.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:17 PM

You seem unwilling to give Disney the credit that they deserve. We don't actually know the extent of their security measures, but I'm pretty sure they know more than you do.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:21 PM

It's way more than theatre at can't turn around without having to go through a metal detector somewhere.

Still hoping that someway, somehow, those at the dueling inverts will lead to the Dragons dueling for real once more...

As for bringing guns onto private property...Second Amendment rights are valid in "public" settings.

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, August 10, 2016 7:26 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:19 PM

As for bringing guns onto private property...Second Amendment rights are valid in "public" settings.

Thanks, Obama....

Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:18 AM

Unwilling to give Disney credit? I think what they're doing is fine. I just don't see much difference in their security checks than those at the other regional parks that people complain are just "security theater".

Granted, I havent been to a Disney park yet this year (going next month), my last visit was last March to WDW, but of the 9 regional parks ive been to this year, nond were significantly different than what I experienced at Disney, nor much different than what I've heard from multiple people and family that live in Orlando and go all the time.

Of those 9 parks, Holiday World had no front gate security measures in place, save for one visible park security guard. Interestingly enough, they had a suspicious package scare this year.

Disney has stopped two people frim entering the park with a gun this year alone, and their security measures (or "security theater" as some like to refer to it) also deterred the Pulse shooter from trying a mass shooting there.

I think what Disney and everyone else is doing is fine. From you commemts, you seem to think the "security theater" they put on is better than the regional parks. I find it odd that when Disney does it, its justified but ehen Six Flags or Cedar Fair do it, its a waste.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 9:55 AM

Tekwardo said:

Granted, I havent been to a Disney park yet this year...

And there you have it.

What I'm saying is that what Disney is doing is not theater. This isn't some pimply kid with a wand with a dead battery standing off in the corner. What they're doing is not even in the same class as what the regional parks are doing. And we haven't even talked about what goes on at the service and employee gates, an area that the regionals seems to ignore almost entirely.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:32 AM

You have no basis to say that other than your observation that it seems more intense to you. How many regional parks have you been to this year to compare? Media Days dont count.

What I've seen at at least 8 parks so far this year is a strong front gare presence at parks that disnt have it previously. And talking to sone enthusiasts that live in orlando, are AP holders, and have been to several other parks this year, it seeks from their experiences that Disney is basically doing what Disney does. A better job at making prople believe something, in this case, that they're safe.


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