When Walt Disney was designing the Magic Kingdom, he wanted Guests to be transported to a world of “yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy”. Walt felt that the best way to do that was to make it, so cars could not park right outside the Park, so the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot was built further away. Guests park at what is now the Ticket and Transportation Center and can get to the Magic Kingdom by a large ferry, a smaller boat, or the popular monorail — which will also take Guests to EPCOT.
Because the Ticket and Transportation Center is the parking hub for a lot of Guests, there are thousands of cars that are parked there all day. While most people make sure to lock their cars and not leave any valuables inside, some people get lost in that Disney bubble and think that nothing bad can happen.
Unfortunately, people like Jordan Brown rely on those people who may have a moment of carelessness.
According to a new arrest report released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Brown was taken into custody and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, loitering, and traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license. The state of Florida allows residents to carry a firearm with the proper permits, but guns are strictly prohibited on Disney property.
The arrest report states that, on August 8, Disney Security observed Brown on the security cameras trying to open the doors of multiple cars that were parked in the Ticket and Transportation Center lot. However, Brown was trying to hide his actions by raising a key fob into the air, acting like he was trying to find his own car. When Brown failed to get into any cars, he left in his own car. That is when the police got involved.
Orange County officers pulled Brown over near the tollbooth on Disney World Drive and asked him about his suspicious activity that was caught on camera. The report states that the officer asked Brown if he was lost, and Brown stated that he had gone there to put something in his girlfriend’s car as a surprise while she was in the Disney theme parks. Brown further said that he had trouble finding the car, which was reported to be a silver Hyundai Elantra.
Police asked Brown for his license and that is when they found out that he was driving on a suspended license — he actually had multiple suspensions — which Brown said was because of traffic violations. The officer then stated that he observed a handgun on the floor of the vehicle and ordered Brown out of the car. Brown admitted that he did not have a concealed carry permit in the state of Florida, and only had an expired one from Alabama.
Brown faces multiple misdemeanor charges for the loitering and the suspended license. However, the gun charge is a felony.
This is not the first time a Guest has been caught with a gun on Disney property. Unfortunately, numerous Guests have been caught trying to get into the Parks with guns, and the guns have been found hidden in places like backpacks and even baby strollers.