Man Banned from Disney Over “Meth Lab” Joke


The local news here in Central Florida has been buzzing over this story. A St. Augustine man and his family, who are huge Disney fans, were recently on at trip to Walt Disney World. They were waiting for some customer service at Pop Century, and there was a hold up with the help. The man, David Swindler, made a joke that cost him his Disney access. Apparently he joked that he could build a meth lab in his room by the time he could finally get some service. Evidently his joke didn’t go over well.

“I accept responsibility for saying that, don’t know where it came from,” said Swindler. “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.”

Little did he know the “goof” that he thought was innocuous would trigger a middle-of-the-night raid by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies and Disney security.

Even after finding nothing, authorities evicted Swindler from the resort. “It was a figure of speech. I wish I could take it back,” he said in retrospect.

He has been issued a trespass warning for all of Disney’s properties, so he’s banned indefinitely. “It is for life,” said Swindler.
His children and wife Shelley can visit the parks and the resorts, but not him. Mr. Swindler said he was told to file an appeal with Disney’s security. For now, he has to wait and see what happens with the appeal, but he still loves Disney just the same.

So what do you think? Should he have lost access to Disney? Thoughts?

*Quotes from First Coast News



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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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