YouTuber accepts plea deal in Disney Discovery Island trespassing case

Suspect banned from park for life

Richard McGuire. (WKMG)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man who filmed himself for YouTube as he camped out on an abandoned Disney World attraction during the coronavirus pandemic has accepted a plea deal in the case, court records show.

Orange County deputies said Richard McGuire was arrested on April 30 after a manhunt on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island, a zoological attraction that has been closed since 1999.

When he was arrested, McGuire said he’d been camping on the 11-acre island for several days and called it a “tropical paradise,” according to the report.

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Body camera video obtained by News 6 shows authorities spent hours searching for McGuire after he triggered a wildlife trail camera.

McGuire posted YouTube videos of the encounter that showed him covering himself with leaves as the sheriff’s helicopter can be heard circling overhead.

More than a dozen Orange County sheriff’s deputies swarmed a shuttered Walt Disney World theme park in April trying to locate a trespasser accused of camping on an island at the resort, video obtained by News 6 reveals.

“Disney world ain’t playing. Disney World ain’t (expletive) playing,” McGuire said in the footage.

As part of the plea deal, McGuire must pay a $100 fine, plus court and prosecution costs.

He entered a plea of no contest and adjudication will be withheld, meaning the trespassing charge will not show up as a conviction on his criminal record.

The plea was filed Sept. 30 and records show the case is now closed.

McGuire has also been banned for life from Walt Disney World.