Barack Obama Says He Was Once Kicked Out of Disneyland for Smoking When He Was a College Student

Disneyland might not be the happiest place on earth for former President Barack Obama.

Obama, 57, campaigned in Anaheim, California, on Saturday for seven Democratic congressional candidates.

During the rally, he shared a funny story about his past with the nearby theme park: the future commander in chief was kicked out of Disneyland for smoking on a ride in college.

“I went to Disneyland twice when I was younger. The first time was when I was 11 years old. Now there is no better time to go to Disneyland than when you’re 11 years old. I lived in Hawaii, so this was my first big trip to the mainland,” Obama said.

Noting that he traveled with his grandmother, mother and sister, Obama said, “It was an amazing trip … but Disneyland was the highlight. I went and did all the Bare Necessity thing and the Small World, the Matterhorn. It was the bomb.”

Obama was a student at Occidental College when he returned to the area to attend a Kool & the Gang concert. “After the concert … you could still hang out in the park, so we went into the gondolas. I’m ashamed to say this, so close your ears, young people. But a few of us were smoking on the gondolas.”

As the crowd started to cheer, Obama added playfully, “These were cigarettes, people. Terrible thing. They do. They kill you. I stopped.”

Two Disneyland police officers approached Obama and his pals and escorted them out of Disneyland. “I was booted from the Magic Kingdom,” Obama quipped. “At the end, they said, ‘You’re going to have to leave, sir, for breaking the rules of the Magic Kingdom, but you are welcome to come back any time.’”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Emily Zauzmer