A man tried to take his child to the Magic Kingdom for free. Instead it cost him a trip to jail.
Baica Crisan, a 37-year-old Romanian citizen who lives in Virginia, was arrested in the bizarre situation that unfolded Aug. 19, according to a newly released Orange County Sheriff’s Office report.
Crisan is charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, court records show.
Crisan made his way through the turnstiles at the front of the Magic Kingdom without paying or showing a pass, the sheriff’s arrest report said.
A Disney security manager tried to stop Crisan and wanted Crisan to either explain himself or show his ticket. Instead Crisan pushed the Disney manager’s left shoulder and kept going.
A Disney investigator followed Crisan down Main Street, U.S.A. and tried to intervene, but again, Crisan pushed him out of the way too.
The two Disney employees were not injured, the sheriff’s report noted.
Throughout the encounter, Crisan acted as if he didn’t know English, the Disney employees said.
In reality, Crisan “has a good command of the English language,” the sheriff’s report said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called in to assist Disney. A deputy reviewed video surveillance that showed “Crisan walking through the front entrance with one child without using ticket media of any kind and not paying for admission. The cost of admission for both would have been $210,” according to the sheriff’s report.
The report did not give the child’s age. The sheriff’s deputy also interviewed Crisan “who kept pretending for some time that he could not speak English. A little over 2 hours later Crisan began to speak and understand English,” the report said.
Crisan was arrested and taken to Orange County Jail.
The two Disney employees, who were ages 50 and 38, wanted to prosecute Crisan and agreed to testify in court.
“Crisan resides in Virginia. Due to living out of the state of Florida his bonds were doubled,” the report said.
Crisan’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment for this story. Crisan has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges, according to Orange Circuit Court records.
It’s not the first time someone has tried to sneak into the Magic Kingdom.
Last year a 31-year-old man was arrested for walking up the berm and scaling a fence to get into the park. He made it into the Magic Kingdom and snuck inside Tony’s Town Square Restaurant to change clothes. However, his free visit was short-lived before Disney caught him and he was taken to jail.