Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested on February 13 by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies in Florida
A Louisiana man who booked a $15,000 vacation to Disney World was arrested by law enforcement officials when he refused a mandatory temperature check at the entrance to the Orlando theme park.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body cam footage last week of the February 13 incident involving Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge.
According to the arrest report, Sills was confronted outside the Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs by Disney security and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to the deputies, Sills skipped the temperature screening tent and then refused to go back. He then ignored orders from security guards and sheriff’s deputies to leave the area, according to authorities.
In the body cam footage, a security officer is heard in the video saying: ‘He’s going to have to go for the day.’
The officer and sheriff’s deputies are seen approaching Sills outside the restaurant.
‘We are going to escort you now, sir,’ a deputy says. ‘You are being asked to leave the premises by the security manager at Disney Springs.’
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body cam footage of Sills’ arrest last week
Deputies detained Sills outside Boathouse Restaurant at Disney Springs after he allegedly refused to go through a temperature screening
‘You are officially being trespassed.’
‘For what reason?’ Sills said as he stood and looked at his phone while surrounded by at least three deputies and security personnel.
‘Sir, it’s private property,’ a deputy said.
Sills is then seen arguing with the deputies and the security personnel.
According to the arrest report, Sills refused to leave. He then pleaded with the deputies to allow him to stay.
‘I spent $15,000,’ he said.
In the video, someone can be heard saying: ‘All you had to do was get temperature checked. That’s it!’
‘I paid $15,000. You can’t trespass me for paying $15,000,’ said Sills.
He then offered to go back to the screening tent to get his temperature check, but by that point it was too late.
‘Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?’ he asked as he was led away in handcuffs.
‘They’ll do that in jail, sir,’ a deputy was heard saying in the video.
‘Well, that’s good,’ Sills said.
Visitors to Disney Springs are seen on Thanksgiving Day at Walt Disney World. Guests to the facility must submit to a temperature check before entering, according to Disney
Sills had booked a room at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
He then offered to cooperate with the deputies.
‘If I take $15,000 from you, I can’t kick you out,’ he said.
‘Bring me to jail for $15,000 grand, I’m fine… In front of my kids, too, at Disney World.’
Since Disney World reopened last summer, guests have been required to wear masks, observe social distancing, and submit to temperature screenings.
‘Millions of guests visit our theme parks each year, and in rare instances when things of this nature occur, we hold them accountable,’ Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger said in a statement.
This is the second time in recent weeks that a guest at Walt Disney World has been forcibly removed from the theme park and arrested by authorities over their refusal to observe COVID-19 guidelines.
Kelly McKin, 51, of North Palm Beach, Florida, was charged with battery on a uniformed security officer last month after allegedly spitting on a security officer at Walt Disney World after she asked him to put on a mask.
The security officer was not directly hit, but some saliva got on her forehead, the arrest report said.
Last month, Kelly McKin, 51, of North Palm Beach, Florida, was charged with battery on a security officer. McKin denied spitting on a security guard at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in February
During questioning by a sheriff’s deputy, McKin denied spitting on the security guard at the theme park.
McKin was told not to return to Disney World.
In August, an Orlando man was arrested for allegedly striking an Epcot security guard who reminded the visitor to follow the theme park’s mask rules.
Enrico Toro, 35, was arrested for allegedly hitting the guard in the head and threatening to kill him, an arrest affidavit said. He was charged with misdemeanor battery.
In February, another Disney guest, 32-year-old Stephen Johnson, was arrested after he was confronted by a Disney’s Reedy Creek Fire Department official who asked him to wear a mask.
A sheriff’s report said the man screamed, ‘I do not have a mask, buddy!’
Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication after he began yelling at the firefighter.
The firefighters were assisting Johnson’s wife, who appeared to be drunk and had injured her ankle in the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.
He was apparently upset that his wife was being taken away and threatened to kill a sheriff’s deputy and struggled with the officer before grabbing a gun from the belt of an Orange County Sheriff deputy, the arrest report said.
The Disney World website provides an explanation of the various aspects of its COVID-19 policy.
‘Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming,’ the website said.
As for temperature screenings, guests are required to have their temperature measured by ‘no-touch’ thermometers ‘before entry to some locations at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area and table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels.’
Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above ‘will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance.’
‘Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either,’ according to the site.