Friday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. a driver entered the Mickey and Friends tram route though the retractable barricades located between the route and the Pinocchio parking lot. The vehicle made it around the loop before being intercepted by Anaheim Police and Disneyland Security. “The car just turned the corner and seemed to speed up like he thought it was the street”, said Wes Frater guest at the park and witness to the incident. “He got as far as where Splash Mountain is before Anaheim Police turned him around…their response was very quick.”
The area has barricades that can be lowered to allow trams and buses to enter and exit the tram route which is connected to the Pinocchio guest parking lot. Anaheim Police stopped the driver, the only occupant, and questioned him before escorting him off the property in an Anaheim Police Car.
Tram service was interrupted during the 45 minute incident forcing park guests to walk the half mile path between the parking structure and the tram stations at Downtown Disney.
At the time of this posting, Disney has not released a statement regarding this incident.
Update (8/21): An anonymous source informed DisneylandLive today that the retractable barricades that keep vehicles from freely entering the tram route and potentially driving up as far as the Downtown Disney loading area have been inoperable for “a while” and shortly after this incident they had been repaired and put back into use.