An 18-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly broke into Disneyland on Sunday night despite the park’s closure from the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s the news:

  • Jeremiah Smith, a resident of Anaheim, allegedly jumped over the gate into the back lot of California Adventure at Disneyland according to KABC.
  • Police officials hurried over to the park. The police found Smith near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride.
  • KABC reports: “Police believe the suspect’s motive may have been to steal items or equipment from the construction site.”
  • Smith was arrested on charges of trespassing. He was later let go.

Disney Parks remain closed

  • Disney closed down all of its parks back in March. Disneyland closed its doors after California Gov. Gain Newsom announced strong restrictions on large gatherings being allowed.
  • Disney announced the closures will last longer than expected and may be shut down indefinitely.
  • Disney’s Bob Iger said he sees a new future for Disney once the parks reopen. He told The New York Times that the closure has allowed Disney to look at how it operates its parks and identify holes or changes that need to be made.
  • Disney could add temperature checks for when the park reopens to help keep people safe from the coronavirus, too, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Iger told Barron’s: “One of the things that we’re discussing already is that in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe. Some of that could come in the form ultimately of a vaccine, but in the absence of that it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions. Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance.”