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A man arrested at Disney World in Florida last week for trying to quarantine the Discovery Island coronavirus considered the park’s small island to be a “tropical paradise,” authorities said.
Suspect Richard McGuire, 42, told Orange County Sheriff’s deputies that he has been on the island since Monday or Tuesday and has planned to camp there for a week, the Associated Press reported.
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McGuire said he was sleeping in a building and didn’t hear many MPs trying to contact him on the ground, on the water and in the air.
He also said he was unaware that the island on Lake Bay across from Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park was restricted despite several “No Trespassing” signs and two closed doors.
A Disney security official said he asked the agency to file a complaint after seeing McGuire use a company boat to get to the island.
Orange County naval deputies also told McGuire the area was limited to a public address system, the arrest report said.
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Discovery Island was previously a Disney attraction that showcased exotic birds and plants before closing to the public in 1999 shortly after the opening of the Animal Kingdom theme park.
The inspiration initially opened as a pirate-themed experiment called Treasure Island in 1974, according to Insider.
McGuire was arrested without incident. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.