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'Goodwill Spirit Message' Shuts Down Disneyland

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A security threat [see update below] prompted Disneyland to shut down its ticket booths for a few hours this morning.

"One of the Disney employees noticed something out of the ordinary in a tree near the ticket booths,'' Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Bob Dunn told City News Service.

A bomb squad was called in around 7:10 am and the ticket booths to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks were shut down. The park wasn't completely shut down, but it was eerily empty this morning. Guests who were already in the park or who entered from the resort hotels were allowed to stay in the park.

The park announced on Twitter that everything was clear, the scare was over and both parks were reopening just before 11 am this morning.

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UPDATE 12:49pm: The "suspicious object" that shut down the entrance to Disneyland turned out to be nothing more than a rolled-up piece of paper with a "goodwill spirit message" left by a patron in a tree outside the main gates to Disneyland and California Adventure today, according to CNS. The free spirit called up the police to let him know that he intended no harm with his message. Thousands of patrons were stuck in parking garages for more than three hours while an Anaheim police bomb squad examined the object.