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January 10, 2009

Disneyland has Undercover Security Guards!?

Yesterday Drew, Jessica, and Jenna went to Disneyland with us. Drew had forgotten that he had a Leatherman tool in his pocket. While we were in line for security, another security guard approached him. She spotted the top of the Leatherman.

She told him he had to return the Leatherman to the car. Bear in mind that we had just waited 15 minutes for the tram to get to the entrance of Disneyland, so this was not an attractive option.

Instead, we thought Drew could just slyly walk out to Downtown Disney and stow the tool in a potted plant. We'd pick it up on the way out, and everything would be fine.

We executed this brilliant plan to perfection. I took Ollie and we created a distraction by looking at the kettle corn vendor's wares. Drew, with a well-honed subterfuge normally reserved for agents with codes like 007 and "Balloon," hid the Leatherman across from the La Brea Bakery. Now we were ready to enter the Happiest Place on Earth unarmed.

Until this dowdy looking woman wearing a baseball cap and a unamused scowl approached Drew and showed him a badge. A badge with a large Disney Script "D" on it.

"Sir, there are kids here, you cannot put your knife there." Drew got the smack down from Disney's crack security team, and in the following conversation he was treated with all the dignity and trust as would be afforded to unlawful combatants at Gitmo. In the end, the lady took his tool. Both physically and metaphorically.

On our way into the park, ANOTHER security guard sternly asked Drew, "Did you get everything squared away?" Apparently Drew is on some Disney watch list. Drew answered that yes, he did.

Posted by jason on January 10, 2009 02:35 PM


Ha. Balloon.

Posted by: Jessica on January 10, 2009 03:06 PM

HAHAHA!!!! That is hilarious.

Ian and I once did the knife stowing trick to get into a concert when we had forgotten about our pocket knives. It worked like a charm, but that was different. There were no undercover agents enforcing a strict code of magical happiness.

Posted by: Collin on January 10, 2009 08:04 PM

i once got caught with a pocket knife in the line to go up to the top of the empire state building......but apparently i'm not very menacing, because they let me take it in!

Posted by: bsweber on January 10, 2009 08:58 PM

Drew! Do you always have to have some kind of weird problem at Disney?

Posted by: Jonathan on January 10, 2009 10:22 PM

You should have mentioned the terrible name of Balloon to the security guards. They would have run away screaming.

Poor Drew! Couldn't they tell that he is innocent just by looking at him? But still, they did have a point - if any kid had gotten ahold of that knife, he or would have immediately gouged her or his eye out. 'Cause that's what kids do.

Posted by: peaj on January 10, 2009 11:00 PM


At least now I won't have to embarrass myself by asking what a Leatherman is.

Posted by: kathiek on January 11, 2009 08:21 PM

Seriously, what kind of damage could he do with a leatherman? Is he going to tighten down so bolts or something?

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