Florida Man Faces Trespassing Charges After Camping on Former Discovery Island in Walt Disney World

“Florida man” strikes again, and this time, it’s at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Richard McGuire, 42, was spotted on the Disney-owned former Discovery Island property, which is currently closed to the public.

According to Click Orlando, McGuire is faced with trespassing charges after security found him camping on the island, per the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Discovery Island served as a nature-based attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort from 1974 to 1999. It closed shortly after the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Despite being abandoned, it’s become a coveted location for urban explorers in recent years, and can be seen by any watercraft on Bay Lake.

Deputies were called to 4301 N. World Drive Thursday after McGuire was spotted camping on the former themed land. According to the arrest report, Orange County deputies had to search for him on foot, by helicopter, and by boat before finally making contact with him.

McGuire told the deputies he regarded the island as a “tropical paradise” and had been camping there since earlier this week. He claims he was not aware that it was private property.

McGuire was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Source: Click Orlando

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hildarumpole
hildarumpole
4 months ago

Blue Steel is always a good choice for the mugshot when you’ve been caught camping in a “tropical paradise.”

Frank W
Frank W
4 months ago

He didn’t know it was private property? OK, so does anyone really believe that?

Derek Zoolander
Derek Zoolander
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank W

Well he was by himself, the property can’t get any more private than that.

Ferg
Ferg
4 months ago

I want to know how he got there, and did he have supplies with him? Lol.

Brian
Brian
4 months ago

The trespassing report was updated to read that a Disney security rep spotted the guy going to the island in a “company boat” Thursday.