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Disneyland extends hours after security lockdown

March 3, 2012 |  9:46 pm

Disneyland extends hours after security lockdown

Disneyland added extra hours Saturday night after a report of a suspicious package earlier in the day put the amusement park on lockdown.

"As a thank-you to our guests for their patience this morning, Disneyland Resort park hours have been extended tonight," park officials said in a statment. "Disneyland park will now close at 1 a.m. and Disney California Adventure park will close at 10 p.m. Also, an additional 'World of Color' show at Disney California Adventure has been added tonight at 10:15 p.m. and an additional "Fantasmic!" show at Disneyland has been added tonight at 11 p.m."

The suspicious object that forced the shutdown was a rolled-up piece of paper with a "spiritual message." It was found in a tree near the entrance, authorities said.

A Disney employee spotted the item in the tree outside a ticket booth shortly after 7 a.m. while greeting visitors at the park entrance, officials said.

Visitors were temporarily kept from entering the park, while those inside were prevented from leaving. Anaheim police officers were first on the scene, but the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad was also called in.

The suspicious object was rolled up like a map, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.

The paper had on it a "good-will, spiritual message," although it was not clear exactly what the message said, Dunn said.

The park was closed to visitors for several hours Saturday but reopened by 11 a.m.


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Photo: Visitors stream into Disneyland's Main Street earlier in the week. A report of a suspicious package earlier today put the amusement park on lockdown, but officials have decided to extend the hours tonight to make up for the inconvenience.  Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times