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Man banned from Disney theme parks for meth lab joke


Walt Disney World has banned a Florida man from their theme parks for what he says was just a bad joke. David Swindler, of St. Augustine, said he and his family were staying at Pop Century over the Labor Day holiday. He was hoping to extend their two-night stay and said when trying to do so, he got impatient with the cast member, joking that “he could build a meth lab in his room by the time he could finally get some service.”

Disney security and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies later arrived at his room to investigate. Nothing was found, but he was still evicted from the resort and was issued a trespass warning, banning him from stepping foot on Disney property indefinitely. His wife and kids were not included in the trespass warning.

Swindler said, “I accept responsibility for saying that, don’t know where it came from. Don’t know why I said meth lab, I should have said, ‘I was going to build an atomic bomb,’ or something else. I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously. It was a figure of speech. I wish I could take it back.”

He continued, “This has not taken away my love for Disney. I will not let them take that away.”

Swindler can file an appeal with Disney security that will be reviewed.

News source: First Coast News

Photo credit: Ken Amaro via First Coast News

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Leah grew up in a little farming town in Illinois, right on the Mississippi River. Her Chicago-born husband, David, left the city for her, and they're now raising their three children (Jacob, Jonah and Lydia) just 12 miles from her hometown. As the Senior Editor of the DIS (wdwinfo.com), Leah spends a lot of time writing about, reading about, and discussing Disney. So, it should come as no surprise that one of her family's favorite ways to spend time is going to Walt Disney World and traveling on Disney Cruise Line. She also enjoys shopping, watching movies with her husband and doing crafts with and for her kids.


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