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FL: Do Central Florida theme parks screen for sex offenders?

[wesh.com – 4/25/19]

Could sex offenders be sitting next to your child on a ride, or standing in line behind them at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando?

In February, a registered sex offender was arrested after Orange County deputies said he exposed himself to a child at Aquatica.

The accused, 52-year-old Gerald Youmans, was convicted in 2004 of exposing himself to a child in Palm Beach. He was designated a sexual predator, but according to an arrest affidavit, he held an annual pass to the theme park.

The incident raised the question: Do theme parks screen for sex offenders?

SeaWorld, along with Universal and Disney, all declined to share specifics of their policies regarding the admittance of sex offenders or whether they screen for them.

Criminal defense attorney Richard Hornsby has represented clients on the sex offender registry and said some of those clients believe Disney denied or revoked their admittance once they discovered their names on the list.

“I’ve had people that also happen to have had season passes, or got their passes online and then after they bought them, got a letter saying their passes are revoked or being cancelled, they’re not allowed to use it,” Hornsby said.

It’s unclear exactly how Disney might search for or flag sex offenders, but one readily available identifier is their driver’s license which carries their designation.

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  1. CM

    We get our tickets directly from our local MWR (now ITT i guess) office on base at a decently discounted price, just went there last week and had no issue. Needed to put ticket numbers/names in online for fastpass/food reservations but didn’t seem to bring up any flags thankfully. Got that out of our system for a few years now thankfully!!

    • Jason

      I was there last week with my kids. We flew in from Cali. I also got my tickets through ITT, great benefit to still have being retired. No issues at all getting in.

      • American Detained in America

        I’ve been to the parks local to me dozens of times because it’s one of my kid’s favorite places to go.

  2. ma.concerned.citizen

    I’ve been twice, once flying and once driving. Stayed on property with my family. No issues at all either trip. I’m not on a public list, and reside in a non-SORNA state, so that may make a difference. I don’t believe they are actively screening, except for annual passholders, which was reported on a few years ago.

  3. Facts should matter

    “Could sex offenders be sitting next to your child on a ride, or standing in line behind them at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando?”

    Exchange the term “sex offenders” for “Negros” and you’ll realize humans never learn from history.

    • Will Allen

      Exactly right.

      I’ve always thought that people who support Registries are the exact same type of people who would very enthusiastically support segregation today if it were still PC. I think the most zealous Registry supporters would be the people who were standing behind the “coloreds” at the lunch counter and pouring drinks and food all over their heads. Because “coloreds” are “animals”, you know. Registry Supporters are scumbags, unless they truly are just clueless.

  4. AJ

    “Could sex offenders be sitting next to your child on a ride, or standing in line behind them at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando?”
    —–
    Probably, because last I checked they’re coaches, teachers, clergy, relatives, strangers, politicians, neighbors, friends, LEOs, Disney employees, etc., etc., etc. The only difference is a very slim minority have been caught and punished–and punished–whereas the rest are lurking and sneaking.

    I suspect the question meant to be asked is, “Could someone who has been convicted of a sex-related offense be sitting next to your child on a ride, or standing in line behind them at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando?” That answer is, “yep, and they’re also sitting/standing next to a drug dealer, habitual DUI driver, and/or a wife beater.”

    • Will Allen

      So right. People who care about these types of things just seem like such idiots to me. Their stupidity almost makes me physically ill because I find such people so repulsive and disgusting. I really do. When I see some vapid dipshit on TV saying whatever, I just feel such disgust for them and the America that they represent.

      When I take children to such places I have enough sense to know that if I sit them next to anyone, that person could be a raving serial killer for all I know. Or anything else. This “$EX offender” nonsense is just insane stupidity. But you can hardly blame these sad, poor media outlets for such reporting, it is what the vast majority of morons in the U.S. want.

      And obviously it is also correct that nearly all of the danger comes from people who are not listed. I think it is hilarious that what these big governments have is a list of people who will NOT commit a $EX crime. How is that for funny? They should tell the public to look at their pictures to see the people who won’t be a danger of committing a $EX crime. If you see someone who is not pictured, THAT person is a danger.

      There was an article posted here recently about a jackass named Bret Apthorpe who is a School Superintendent at some loser place. I expect you remember it. He told everyone, “I will not give written authorization to any convicted sex offender or pedophile to be on school property” in order to vote. I told him that he is a jackass idiot and that nearly all the pedophiles are already in the schools because they work there. It is really shocking that we allow such dumbasses to be in positions of authority or trust. Need to get them all out. There is literally no sensible or defensible reason to try to keep people who are listed on the hit lists out of schools. No one can defend that for a second.

  5. Jack

    So just buy a one day ticket and not an annual pass if you must go. Also if you bought an annual pass then had it canceled, I hope for their sake they refund the customers? Otherwise the theme parks are basically running a scam.

  6. troy

    I was recently at a local theme park,no problem here ,the world didn’t end for no one had a good time and went about enjoying the day

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