Aaron Josue Lopez, 35, of Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States was armed with a gun and ammunition when he walked through checkpoint security at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Orange County, Florida on May 27, 2022. The detection system alerted security so he was sent to the bag check area.
“I told him I was going to search his bag and he told me he had a folding knife in his bag,” the Disney security guard said of Lopez. “I told him to show me the knife. Then I said I would still have to search his bag.”
“Oh, there’s something else in here besides a knife that I want to put back in my car,” Lopez reportedly said before walking away. A Disney cast member stopped him in the parking garage and brought him to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Along with a black and bronze 9mm Glock handgun, Lopez was carrying two Glock 19 magazines with 17 rounds of ammo in each, one box with 14 rounds of ammo and 48 rounds of miscellaneous ammunition. He did not have a license to carry a concealed firearm.
Lopez was booked into the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Orange County and charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a license. He was issued a written trespass for all Disney properties.
Opened on March 22, 1975, Disney Springs was originally called Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village. It was renamed Walt Disney World Village in 1977, Disney Village Marketplace in 1989, Downtown Disney in 1997 and Disney Springs in 2015.
There are three parking garages at Disney Springs, namely the Orange Garage, the Lime Garage and the Grapefruit Garage. Walt Disney Imagineering took inspiration for the complex from real coastal towns found throughout Florida.