UPDATE: Woman Attempted to Bring Gun into Animal Kingdom Monday, Same Day as Epcot Incident

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As it turns out, our first report Monday of a person bringing a loaded weapon into a Walt Disney World Theme Park was correct.  There were actually two incidents Monday morning, one at Epcot and one at Animal Kingdom.  We had initially reported the Animal Kingdom incident, news of which we received from an inside source at the park, but as the Epcot incident unfolded, we had assumed our source was confused, as we would have never thought such an occurrence would happen twice within hours of each other.

But indeed our source was correct.  Court records show an Alabama woman, Baleigh Turner, was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed firearm, after Disney security found a .380 caliber pistol in her backpack. Apparently the woman did have a concealed weapon permit in Alabama, but it had expired.  Even if the permit had been valid, weapons are not permitted in Disney theme parks.


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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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    • Yes because I would really like Disney security grilling my austic son about his service dog. Great f’n idea buddy.

      • The police dogs are more of an issue. I saw one lose its stuff on a service dog. It had to literally be drug away by its handler, as in not all paws on the ground. The service dog just looked at it like “What’s your problem dude?”

      • Sorry you have an Autistic child however the rest of us should not have to deal with your “f’n” dog problems. If it takes a dog to get your son through the parks, leave him at home.

    • They are service dogs. All dogs admitted into the parks must show service dog paperwork to be allowed in. If you have a problem with service dogs, well you’re just a jerk and no one really cares what you think.

  • And that’s the whole thing, if people want their guns on them all the time and even maybe have no intention of using them: guns aren’t allowed in the theme parks. Save time and trouble and stop trying to bring them in, people. Permit or no permit.

  • The More You Know: You can still bring your concealed pistol in the saddlebag of your service miniature pony “comfort animal”… paperwork or no paperwork!

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