Disney hostage situation ends without incident

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- An armed man who held his young son and a waiter hostage for 11 hours at the luxury Boardwalk Inn hotel in Walt Disney World surrendered peacefully June 30.

According to reports, Bismark Rodriguez, 39, was charged with two counts of felony false imprisonment and a count of aggravated assault for firing a handgun during the negotiations.

The hostages were Rodriguez's 4-year-old son and a waiter, who had been delivering food to their room. Neither were hurt.

Rodriguez told reporters that he and his wife were going through a divorce and he hadn't seen his three other children in 30 days.

Several families were evacuated from the 910-room hotel while the negotiations were taking place. Disney treated evacuated guests to food and beverages, and some were relocated to neighboring hotels, such as Disney's Yacht and Beach Club.

According to published reports, many Boardwalk Inn guests were unaware of the hostage situation, and the rest of the hotel and the resort operated normally.

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI