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NEWS: Disney Confirms Significant Changes to Magic Kingdom Security Procedures

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Disney World was working on changes to security procedures at the Magic Kingdom, the world’s busiest park, to speed up screening and alleviate heavy crowding at the entrance to the park. Disney has confirmed those rumors and new details have emerged regarding significant changes coming that should improve overall guest experience.

 

The current screening checkpoints just outside the Magic Kingdom turnstiles will no longer be used. Guests will now proceed through one of several different screening locations depending on how they arrive at the park. Guests arriving by bus or boat from Disney Resort hotels will now be screened at new checkpoints erected roughly between the Magic Kingdom bus stops and the ferry boat launch. The checkpoint area is much larger and will allow for more security cast members during the busiest times of the day.

Guest parking in the main parking lot and traveling to Magic Kingdom via the Transportation and Ticket Center will now be screened at TTC prior to boarding the ferry or monorail. Finally, security checkpoints will be added at Grand Floridian, Polynesian and the Contemporary Resort for guests using the resort monorails.

New security procedures and locations will be implemented on April 3, 2017.

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RELATED ARTICLE: Is it Really Safe to Go to Walt Disney World? – 5 Things to Consider

While personal safety is usually a concern on some level for most people, it rarely bubbles up to the surface when we’re at Walt Disney World. After all, it’s the Happiest Place on Earth, right? There is a tendency to believe that nothing bad (other than rain) ever happens in this magical place. However, every time violence or a terrorist attack grab the headlines many guests start wondering how safe they really are when they visit the parks. So, in light of what seems to be a never ending stream of disgusting attacks and violence, is it safe to go to Walt Disney World? Obviously, not even Madame Leota can predict the future or make guarantees. But here are 5 things to consider when making a decision about visiting Disney World.

 

5 – Bad News/Good News

The bad news is, for obvious reasons, Disney World is going to be on the list of attractive targets. Lot’s of people in a place that is so closely tied with the American way of life. However, this is good news as well. As such, Walt Disney World will be top of mind for the various government agencies as far as monitoring and protection. In other words, the higher profile the target is, the closer attention everyone pays and the more resources are dedicated to protection.

4 – Disney Security Presence

Disney World has an enormous security apparatus that begins with the bag checkers at the front gate. Since the addition of the metal detectors in late 2015, we’ve seen much more thorough searches of bags while entering the parks. So much so, that we often hear complaints from guests who are annoyed with the delay. Also, there have been many times where instead of random picking of guests to go through the metal detectors, they have made everyone go through them. (This has happened to us multiple times at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios). We’ve been picked many times to go through the detectors and have always been happy to comply.

While the bag check and the metal detectors are the most obvious (and in some ways only) things we see, it’s barely the tip of the iceberg. Disney World has an extensive network of cameras deployed throughout it’s property that is monitored for any type of suspicious activity. There are also many plain clothes security personnel deployed through out the public areas that intentionally blend in to the crowd but are watching and waiting to respond to any threat. In instances where there is any concern it is impressive how quickly security seems to materialize out of nowhere. Disney parks also have an impressive system of barricades in place to protect both on stage and back stage areas. These are the things you see. Undoubtedly, there is far more in place that we don’t.

Metal Detectors at AK

Metal Detectors at Animal Kingdom Park

3 – Disney Cooperation with Law Enforcement

In addition to the Disney Security Cast Members, you will almost always see uniformed Sherriff’s Officers at the entrances to the parks as well. Disney World has a long history of working with law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of their guests. The also actively employ both current and former members of law enforcement to provide both uniformed and undercover security services and protection. This of course is what you see. There are many rumors about how deep the relationship between Disney and its extensive use of new technology and the government go. Certainly, much of this speculation is probably far fetched and off the mark. However, what is safe to assume is that given the high profile nature of Disney Parks there is active cooperation between Disney and the various governmental agencies tasked with keeping us safe.

2 – Disney Wrote the Book on this Stuff

Disney literally wrote the book on providing security for large public gathering places such as the theme parks. Interestingly, in the wake of the September 11 attacks the federal and many state governments went to Disney to develop strategies and best practices for providing security for crowded public areas. Disney has always been a leader and innovator in this area and for good reason.

 

1 – Disney has a Lot to Lose

At the end of the day, what gives me the most comfort in visiting Disney parks is considering, along with points 2-5, is how much Disney has to lose if it doesn’t protect the safety of it’s guests and employees. Disney is a massive company (#84 in the world according to Forbes) with hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. A terrorist attack at a Disney Park would be devastating for the company and its shareholders. These are smart people who understand what’s at risk. I have a lot of confidence in their resources and their will to protect their best interests.

Disney Security

There are many facts about what Disney does to keep us safe that we know. There are many more things they are doing behind the scenes that we don’t know about. Bottom line, visiting places like Disney World in the age of global terrorism is a choice that every person must make for themselves. As for our family, we will continue to enjoy the parks, make family memories, and appreciate all the Disney Company and each Cast Member, whether on stage or off, does to make our visits not only enjoyable but as safe as is possibly can be.

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About Chad & Cindy N

Chad and Cindy met during their college days and both being huge Disney fans, it was a match made in heaven. They took their first family vacation to Disney World in 2004. Chad had gone as a child, but this would be Cindy’s first trip-a trip which she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. The trip was magical and began a Disney obsession that hasn’t stopped since. They traveled back year after year, sometimes many times a year. They watched their three kids grow up at Disney and inherit the same love of Disney. In 2010, their dream of living in Orlando became a reality. With Disney World as their backyard playground, they enjoyed even more time in the parks. Friends and family soon made them their go-to-people for Disney advice. With their love of Disney and desire to share that love and knowledge they gleaned over the years, they decided to launch DisneyLists.com in August of 2015. They still can’t believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!