A ``suspicious object'' was discovered by a Disney Resorts guard in a tree near the ticket booths to California Adventure and Disneyland today, prompting the closure of the park entrance plaza at the ``Happiest Place on Earth.''
A park security officer discovered the object at 7:10 a.m. ``during the normal walk-through prior to the arrival of guests,'' said Anaheim police spokesman Sgt, Bob Dunn.
``One of the Disney employees noticed something out of the ordinary in a tree near the ticket booths,'' he told City News Service.
As bomb squad technicians were called in, Disney officals began holding guests away from the Esplanade area between Downtown Disney and the gates to California Adventure and Disneyland.
``The safety of our guests and cast members is our top priority,'' said resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown in a statement. ``In an abundance of caution and to allow the security teams to learn more, we are keeping guests away from the area at this time.''
People already inside the parks, or those able to get in through entrances from the Disney Resort hotels, were not affected by the ticket booth closure, Dunn told CNS. The massive parking garages were not closed.
At about 8:55, Anaheim police sent out an alert about traffic jams west of the theme parks ``due to police activity.'' No further details were released, and it was not disclosed if the traffic was related to the incident at the Disneyland and California Adventure gates.