Guest Brings AR-15 Rifle and Handgun to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Out of “Fear” of Local Protests

While these situations are rare, it seems a guest was recently caught with an AR-15 rifle and handgun checking in to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. The man claims he was “worried” for his family’s safety due to social justice protests in Central Florida.

According to Gabrielle Russon of the Orlando Sentinel, a 43-year-old man from Palm Beach Gardens checked into Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (the DVC portion of the resort) the Saturday during the Labor Day holiday weekend, with his guns packed inside of a tennis bag. A bellman discovered the guns after wondering why the bags were so heavy. Management then contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The man had a concealed weapons permit, bringing a total of three rifle magazine magazines with 90 rounds and two 9mm magazines with 20 rounds. Disney stored his guns through the end of his stay at the hotel’s safe. The rifle was stored at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Guns or weapons of any kind are not allowed on Walt Disney World property regardless of whether a guest has a permit or not.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Monkeypoopants
Monkeypoopants
13 days ago

I bet he wanted to enjoy Splash Mountain one last time before the refurb.

Daniel Walz
Daniel Walz
13 days ago

I thought the Polynesian resort has been closed since March and isn’t reopening till 2021 summer? Also this article says this happened during labor day weekend which was over a month ago. Why isn’t it just now being reported?

Frank W
Frank W
13 days ago

For crying out loud, get a backbone will you? No needcar all, none.

Ross
Ross
13 days ago

This is what happens when algorithms end up just feeding you confirmation bias and send you down rabbit holes on Facebook.

Leslie Brown
Leslie Brown
13 days ago

What an idiot!!!

Paul
Paul
13 days ago

As a strong 2A supporter and certified gun nut, Disney World is private property and their policies are clear. Respect their rules- or don’t visit. However, if you are going to flout the rules- don’t turn your guns over to the bellhops. What a dumba**.

Kar
Kar
13 days ago

What violence?????

Andrea
Andrea
11 days ago
Reply to  Kar

That part!

E C
E C
13 days ago

Next time guest needs to lock bag.
Who knew the bellboy was so nosey. No tip

Ryan
Ryan
12 days ago

Since when was someone following the law news?

Jerome Lawson
Jerome Lawson
12 days ago

Respect the local laws. Seriously, who though building a Disney resort in the Las Vegas of the Southeast was a good idea?

John
John
12 days ago

What was the main point of this story?

Tom Corless
Admin
12 days ago
Reply to  John

Well, it’s called news.

Andrea
Andrea
11 days ago
Reply to  John

To let us know that we have some really stupid and crazy ppl out here and to beware

Andrea White
Andrea White
12 days ago

If he was so scared he should have stayed home! I believe he had other plans

John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingle Heimer Schmidt
12 days ago

They should change that policy or else they will lose my business 🤷🏻‍♂️

Andrea
Andrea
11 days ago

When you say change in what way?

Chris
Chris
12 days ago

Shame Disney tries to restrict people’s right to life and defense of themselves and their families…

Chris
Chris
12 days ago

So….why’d the employee decide to look inside somebody’s bags? Pretty sure that’s an invasion of privacy. Surely there are laws against this?

Donald Hansen
12 days ago

If this guy would have actually been present at his concealed weapons license class, he would have known that you are not allowed to carry ANY firearms on a property where fireworks are on site due to the sounds of the fireworks going off substantially mimicking those of firearms firing. This is not just Florida law, this is Federal law. It also lessens the likelihood of the firearms being used to set off the fireworks via someone’s gunfire.

Carl H
Carl H
12 days ago

So you are telling us that one of your patron’s privacy was violated because one of your employees was curious?

If only you showed that level of concern for the Chinese concebtration camps you filmed Mulan right next to.

Jose Gabriel Rodriguez
Jose Gabriel Rodriguez
12 days ago

Odd story. Everyone should be taking their rifle and pistol on trips.

The Phantom Blot's tailor
The Phantom Blot's tailor
12 days ago

Police have discovered evidence of the true reason the prohibited items were brought on resort property The man in question had been hired to collect several pelts from Animal Kingdom by a Ms. C. De Vil.

Mandy, yes, that one
Mandy, yes, that one
11 days ago

“‘LITTLE RED’ IS OK!”

Buck
Buck
12 days ago

Is it the common practice of Disney Hotels to look through the bags of their guests “to see why they are so heavy”? It seems like the story here should be about the bellman being fired for looking through the sealed bags of a registered guest.

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