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 Orlando theme park entrance.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office last week released bodycam footage of the February 13 incident involving Kelly Sills, 47, of Baton Rouge.
Sills pleaded not guilty to the charge of wrongdoing, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He will appear before a court in Central Florida on Monday.
According to the arrest report, Sills was confronted outside the Boathouse Restaurant in Disney Springs by Disney security and the Orange County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to deputies, Sills skipped the temperature screen tent and then refused to go back. He then ignored orders from guards and sheriff’s deputies to leave the area, authorities said.
In the bodycam footage, a security officer can be heard in the video saying, “He has to go today.”
The officer and sheriff’s deputies Sills are seen outside the restaurant.
“We’re going to escort you now, sir,” says a deputy sheriff. “You will be asked to leave the property by the Disney Springs security manager.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office released body cameras from Sills’ arrest last week
Deputies detained Sills outside Boathouse Restaurant in Disney Springs after he reportedly refused to undergo temperature screening
“You are officially being trespassed.”
‘Why?’ Sills said as he got up and looked at his phone, surrounded by at least three deputies and security personnel.
“Sir, it’s private property,” said a deputy.
Sills is then seen arguing with the deputies and the security personnel.
According to the arrest report, Sills refused to leave. Then he begged the deputies to let him stay.
“I spent $ 15,000,” he said.
In the video, someone can be heard saying, ‘You just had to get the temperature checked. That is it!’
‘I paid $ 15,000. You can’t offend me for paying $ 15,000, ”Sills said.
He then offered to go back to the screening tent to get his temperature check, but it was too late at the time.
“Will you take my temperature before you kick me out, please?” he asked as he was led away in handcuffs.
“They do that in prison, sir,” a deputy heard say in the video.
“Well, that’s okay,” Sills said.
Visitors to Disney Springs can be seen on Thanksgiving Day at Walt Disney World. Guests at 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 work with the deputies.
“If I take $ 15,000 from you, I can’t kick you out,” he said.
“Take me to jail for $ 15,000,000, I’m fine … Also in front of my kids at Disney World.”
Since Disney World reopened last summer, guests are required to wear masks, observe social distance, and submit to temperature displays.
“Millions of guests visit our theme parks every year, and on rare occasions when things of this nature do occur, we hold them accountable,” Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger said in a statement.
This is the second time in recent weeks that a Walt Disney World guest has been forcibly removed from the theme park and arrested by authorities for their refusal to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
Kelly McKin, 51, of North Palm Beach, Florida, was charged with battery on a uniformed security guard last month after allegedly spitting on a security guard at Walt Disney World after asking 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 a security guard battery. McKin denied spitting on a security guard at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in February
During questioning by a deputy sheriff, McKin denied spitting on the guard at the theme park.
McKin was told not to return to Disney World.
In August, a man from Orlando was arrested for allegedly beating an Epcot security guard who reminded the visitor to follow the theme park’s mask rules.
Enrico Toro, 35, was arrested for allegedly punching the guard in the head and threatening to kill him, an affidavit said. He was charged with a felony battery.
In February, another Disney guest, 32-year-old Stephen Johnson, was arrested after being confronted by a Disney’s Reedy Creek fire department official asking him to wear a mask.
A sheriff’s report said the man yelled, “I don’t have a mask, mate!”
Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, sexual assault against a law enforcement officer, opposing an officer with violence and disorderly intoxication after he started yelling at the firefighter.
The firefighters assisted Johnson’s wife, who appeared to be drunk and injured her ankle, in the lobby of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.
He was apparently upset that his wife was being taken and threatened to murder a sheriff’s deputy and wrestled with the officer before taking a gun from an Orange County sheriff’s deputy belt, the arrest report said.
The Disney World website explains various aspects of the COVID-19 policy.
Face cover is 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 cover and wear it at all times except while dining or swimming, ” the website said.
As for temperature displays, guests must have their temperature measured by ‘no-touch’ thermometers before accessing some locations within Walt Disney World Resort, including the Walt Disney World theme parks, the Disney Springs area, and table-service restaurants in Disney Resort Hotels. ‘
Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher “will be directed to an additional location for new screening and assistance.”
Those with temperatures of 100.4 F or higher are not admitted; those in their party are also denied access, ‘the site said.