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  • Gangbanger problems at Downtown Disney (WDW)

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...,5093461.story


    Walt Disney World is stepping up efforts to roust unwanted teens and young adults from its Downtown Disney complex.

    The company's security guards and off-duty Orange County deputy sheriffs boosted their presence last weekend at the popular shopping and entertainment area, issuing as many trespass warnings in two days as they had the previous 51/2 months.

    Fifty teens and young adults were banned from Disney property forever. If they return, they can be arrested.

    Those barred included a 15-year-old boy from Osceola County who was arrested with marijuana and a loaded .380-caliber pistol, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

    The operation, which adds 11 off-duty deputy sheriffs to the normal four-member team at Downtown Disney for four weekends, started a week after two Connecticut tourists reported they were abducted from the parking lot and later robbed.

    Disney and sheriff's officials said the crackdown stemmed from broader concerns, not one incident.

    "A ganglike presence was unfortunately identified at Downtown Disney. And that is not going to be tolerated," Disney World spokeswoman Jacquee Polak said Thursday. "So additional deputies were proactively assigned to patrol the area and that's going to go on as long as is needed."

    Sheriff's Capt. Ted Brown, who supervises patrols at Disney, said the heightened enforcement had been planned weeks ago in response to increasing numbers of problem teens Disney and deputies had noticed starting late last year.

    "A lot of them were described as 'wannabe gangbangers.' " he said. "And some of them were flat-out harassing and bothering other guests."
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    Now why can't they do that here! lol

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    • #3
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      I'm glad they are doing something about this. We haven't had any problems there, but we were there on a Thursday night last time.

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      • #4
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        I was at Downtown Disney Saturday evening, and saw an the increased presence of security and law enforcement there. Still saw what I would describe as "hoodlum activity" in areas where security wasn't at at the moment, but it wasn't bad.
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        • #5
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          I hope they learned their lesson: Keep your gang activity off Disney property, that's what Universal is for...
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          • #6
            Re: Gangbanger problems at Downtown Disney (WDW)

            I am surprised to hear this. In my 3 trips to WDW I have never noticed any strange activity. I don't even feel like there are any locals that really hang out there. Glad they are going to act on it though!!

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            • #7
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              I'm glad that something is being done.

              View more here in this thread I posted last week.
              http://micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68603
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              • #8
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                I am not.
                Seriously, they need to have a general admission...I think they used to, but I don't 100% remember.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by TheManator View Post
                  I am not.
                  Seriously, they need to have a general admission...I think they used to, but I don't 100% remember.
                  Yes, you used to have to have a ticket to get onto the island. Now you don't, only to get into the clubs.

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                  • #10
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                    I don't think charging admission to P.I. is something they should do. If you aren't into clubs but want to just walk around, get a bucket o' booze and eat at one of the restaurants, you should be able to without paying admission.

                    Although, I do think you should have to be 21 to enter P.I. unless accompanied by a parent and are heading to one of the restaurants.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gangbanger problems at Downtown Disney (WDW)

                      Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                      I don't think charging admission to P.I. is something they should do. If you aren't into clubs but want to just walk around, get a bucket o' booze and eat at one of the restaurants, you should be able to without paying admission.

                      Although, I do think you should have to be 21 to enter P.I. unless accompanied by a parent and are heading to one of the restaurants.
                      After Cirque du Soleil, we were walking through Pleasure Island to get back to Marketplace. I didn't see anyone checking who was underage and who was not. I don't know what's to stop someone from just walking through.

                      Also, at SSR one day, I saw three "hoodlums" at the resort. They could very well have been staying there - but I doubt it. I wonder if this gang problem is not only at DtD but also at the resorts. I think resorts need heightened security. After all, they check all incoming cars, but nothing is to stop someone from just hopping on a bus.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gangbanger problems at Downtown Disney (WDW)

                        Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                        Although, I do think you should have to be 21 to enter P.I. unless accompanied by a parent and are heading to one of the restaurants.
                        I can't see how they could enforce that, unless they made it like it used to be, that you needed admission to get in. How would someone under 21 prove they were going to a restaurant? They could just say that and then go wherever.

                        Also, it sounds like the problem is not just at PI, but at the entire DtD complex... the ticket was only for the PI section. I don't think they have restaurants in that section anymore- aren't all the restaurants in the DtD/ Marketplace sections now?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gangbanger problems at Downtown Disney (WDW)

                          The only restaurant at Pleasure Island now is Ragland Road. All the others are on the Marketplace side (Rainforest Cafe, Wolfgang Puck Express, Earl of Sandwich, Portobello, Fulton's, Ghiradelli & McDonald's) and West Side (Planet Hollywood, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues, Bongo's...).

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