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Guests witness woman being handcuffed by sheriff’s officers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort know the Most Magical Place on Earth for its gorgeous Resort Hotels, amazing attractions, exhilarating rides, and world-class entertainment and Guest service, not to mention the many princesses, princes, heroes, heroines, and a certain Mousy-eared guy who make appearances in the parks daily.

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Guests can find magic in every corner of the Walt Disney World Resort, sometimes in the form of pixie dust, sometimes in the form of a special “Magic Moment” with a Cast Member, and often simply in the experiences they share with family and friends while visiting the parks. And each of the four theme parks offers unique and exciting ways to access and experience that Disney magic.

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And as much as we imagine Disney World in a place separate from the everyday world, the reality is that sometimes, less-than-magical things take place in the parks that remind us that even though we’re at Disney World, we’re still on planet earth. A few Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios were reminded of this sad reality recently.

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Yesterday afternoon, February 22, a woman was observed lying on the ground near the front entrance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She was face down and being handcuffed by two officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. According to Inside the Magic, The Guest who first observed the woman being cuffed had been walking past the entrance to the park when she noticed the situation, and she noticed several bags of merchandise on the ground near the area of the entrance where the vending machines are located. Deciding to keep to her own business and not be nosy, she continued on her way.

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Later, just before 4:00 p.m. local time, another Guest saw the same woman sitting on the ground surrounded by Disney World security guards and Cast Members. By this time, of course, she had already been placed in handcuffs. From the photos, it appears the woman was compliant and cooperative during the situation, and that no other parties were involved.

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According to the Guest who witnessed the woman surrounded by Cast Members, at the time these photos were captured, the situation was underway and the woman had already been detained, making it difficult to ascertain what events might have led to the woman’s arrest.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!