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Man Who Spent £10k On Disney World Trip Arrested After Refusing Temperature Check

Man Who Spent £10k On Disney World Trip Arrested After Refusing Temperature Check

As he was being escorted off the site, Sills claimed to have spent thousands on the trip

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

A tourist was arrested after reportedly refusing to have his temperature checked at Disney Springs - having claimed he spent $15,000 (£10,850) to be there. Watch bodycam footage of the incident below:

According to Orlando Weekly, 47-year-old Kelly Sills is said to have walked straight past a temperature-checking tent in front of the shopping and restaurant complex - which is part of the Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida - on 13 February.

When staff confronted Sills outside the Boathouse restaurant, he reportedly refused to return for a check and began to argue with them.

An affidavit states that Sills, from Baton Rouge in Louisiana, then started to quarrel with the security manager, who told him he was 'no longer welcome at the park'.

Kelly Sills.
Orange County Sheriff's Department

Police were called and Sills was asked to leave the premises by officers from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, with the police report saying a woman could be asking officers not to arrest him.

A man responded: "He's not listening.

"All he had to do was get temperature checked. That's it."

Sills continued to argue with officers, and was eventually arrested in front of his family.

In video footage shared by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Sills can be seen questioning deputies and being escorted off the property.

As he was being removed, Sills claimed to have spent thousands on the trip.

He said: "I spent $15,000 to come here."


According to the Orlando Sentinel, Sills eventually cooperated with law enforcement.

He pleaded not guilty on misdemeanour trespassing charges in March.

When Walt Disney World reopened last July, the resort announced that visitors should expect a number of new health and safety measures, including temperature checks upon entry.

Advice on the resort's website explains: "Temperature screenings are required for entry to some locations.

"You will be required to undergo a temperature screening with 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.

"Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F 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."

The website also advises guests check their temperature before leaving home, as an 'extra layer of precaution'.

Featured Image Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

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