After Hours Urban Explorers On Walt Disney World Property
News 6 in Orlando reported some pretty amazing stuff today. Apparently, there is an “urban explorer” exploring the abandoned property (and not so abandoned attractions) in and around Florida’s theme parks. That includes Walt Disney World.
Videos recorded in off-limits areas of the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom theme park and on a closed waterslide at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay water park were recently posted on YouTube by Matthew St. Cyr.
“I make a living out of it,” St. Cyr told News 6, who acknowledged profiting off the videos through YouTube ad revenue and donations from his viewers. “I’ve got to put food on the table somehow.”
Check out News 6 full report:
“I might be the only person in the world that has been banned for life from Disney World – twice,” said Matt St. Cyr to the cameras.
And of the videographer’s exploration, a Disney spokesperson told News 6, “In any case where we find someone being intentionally reckless and promoting unsafe acts, we will bring in law enforcement to trespass them so they will no longer be allowed to come back to Walt Disney World.”
More than anything, these videos make this blogger sad. First, I don’t love the idea of someone tinkering around a family theme park after hours, with access to things they shouldn’t have access to; second, how many copycats is this kind of activity going to spawn.
Sure, the guy says he’s proud to have “tightened security” but he’s also making money on the whole thing, so…
Anyway, both Disney and Universal have their dander up. And, with the illicit explorer promising more videos, we’re sure to have more on this story – soon.