Security at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park received an unwanted surprise when they found a stolen gun inside a 15-year-old kid’s backpack.
“According to an incident report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, back in June, a security guard at the entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom was inspecting the teen’s bag and saw multiple juice boxes and candy bars before finding a small handgun at the bottom of the green Gucci backpack.”
The boy and his mother spoke to the officers and explained that he was borrowing a bag from his sister and only wanted the bag to bring snacks into the Park. The pair was visiting from Alabama, and neither knew that the gun was in there. The mother further stated she had known her daughter had a gun for about two years. However, Orange County deputies confirmed that the handgun in question was reported stolen from a woman’s vehicle in Alabama a month before this incident.
The gun was reportedly unloaded. The teen was issued a trespassing warning, and charges are expected to be filed by the State Attorney’s Office.
This is not the first time Disney World security has caught Guests trying to bring firearms into the Theme Parks and Disney Springs. Earlier this summer, for example, we at Disney Fanatic reported that a man was stopped trying to bring a gun and a knife into Disney Springs. Click the link below to read our previous coverage.
It should be noted that all firearms, even those owned and held legally, are banned from Walt Disney World property, and any Guest caught can face trespassing and other consequences.
Disney World states plainly on its website:
“Guests are not permitted to have firearms, ammunition, knives or weapons of any kind at or in Disney Resort Hotels and Disney Vacation Club Resorts, including in hotel rooms, units, vacation home villas and general public areas within the hotels and resorts.”
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.