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Geo-Scare Closes Disneyland (Again)

The quietest place on Earth? A “suspicious” geocache shut Disneyland. Photos: DL Photography

Disneyland briefly lost its ‘happiest place on Earth’ title on Saturday when it was closed by its second geocaching bomb scare in a year.

The California theme park was put on temporary lockdown after the discovery of suspicious object but reopened after nothing dangerous was found, according to FOX News Channel.

“Park employees spotted the object in a tree near a ticket booth at around 7.15am local time and called police, who contacted the bomb squad,” Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sergeant Bob Dunn said.

“The park was not evacuated as the bomb squad investigated, but no guests were allowed in.”

Television channel KNSD-TV subsequently reported that the object was part of a geocaching game, “in which participants use GPS devices to track hidden packages”.

Although the bomb scare infuriated guests waiting to enter Disneyland, it worked out well for those already inside the park. A tweet by ThemeParkTimes read:  “Since Disneyland is on a lockdown due to unidentified object … guests inside are enjoying an empty park with walk-ons to rides.”

Hours later, the Disney Blog noted that the gates to both Disneyland and California Adventure officially re-opened about 11am, with Disney cast members lining the main entranceways holding colourful balloons to welcome visitors. “Turns out the suspicious device was a PVC-pipe with a scroll of paper inside of it, placed there as part of a geocaching game.

“This not the first time that has happened at the Disneyland Resort either. February 2011 found Downtown Disney being closed for what turned out to be another geocache. Perhaps Disney could come up with some official geocache locations so guests who want to explore the park via this GPS-based game can do so without causing a stir every time they place something on park property.” 

During the previous bomb scare on February 22nd, 2011, peak-hour traffic in downtown Anaheim was delayed for nearly two hours after another “suspicious” geocache was found near a Disneyland ticket booth.

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  1. GSV

    suspicious object at disneyland was paper with spiritual message. Nope, that doesn’t sound like a geocache. Perhaps an ode to Opie instead? 😉

    1. kjwx

      Without wanting to rebuke my own profession, you can’t trust everything you read in the media.
      But I’ll take at least five independent news outlets saying it was a geocache, over one LA Times piece referring to a ‘goodwill message’ any day.

  2. philip williams

    Perhaps Disney could come up with some official geocache locations so guests who want to explore the park via this GPS-based game can do so without causing a stir every time they place something on park property.”

    1. kjwx

      Not that it’s about the numbers, right Rigbee?
      I could retaliate with links to media outlets still referring to the scare as being geo-related but I don’t have all day. It should also be pointed out that hindsight is 20/20, and It’s Not About The Numbers published news of the bomb scare just three HOURS – not three days – after Disneyland reopened when police did believe it was a geocache.
      Perez Hilton still agrees with me, though – and that’s enough for me.

      PS: You wouldn’t by any chance be the person who wrote that “message of goodwill”?

  3. GSV

    Ok kjwx, GC# or it’s a spiritual scroll! 😛

    1. kjwx

      According to our Spam filter, your comment is a bit dodgy, GSV; I had to fish it out of the trash.
      I would look for a GC# but am too busy writing a blog post that everybody will hate (and who’s to say it is a GC#, it could just as well be an OX# or similar network). To be fair, though, I’m also considering adding an update to the Disney piece.

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