Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal install metal detectors at theme parks

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disney World installs metal detectors.

Disney acknowledged that it’s an armed world, after all — installing metal detectors at the Walt Disney World theme park entrances today as part of a package of new security measures in light of recent mass shootings.

Toy guns are prohibited and adults are no longer allowed to wear costumes under the new policies, marking some of the biggest security changes since the resort’s Magic Kingdom Park first opened in 1971. Visitors to the parks will be randomly screened. “It’s no real surprise that Disney and SeaWorld would install metal detectors in the current climate, and we expect Universal Orlando to follow suit,” said Simon Veness, our Florida expert. “They are already the norm at sporting venues in the US, while Universal has used them in the past for special events and currently at each of their big rollercoasters, to prevent the inevitable mobile phones, etc, from flying out of pockets on the ride and becoming a hazard. “None of the parks have said if this will be a permanent arrangement, but we would expect it to stay in place all the time terrorism remains a key concern in much of the world.” “All the parks have had a basic bag-check operation for the past 14 years and this really only makes that a more formal process,” he added. “It might slow down entry to the parks slightly, but we expect the process to be pretty efficient once fully installed. “The parks are all experts at crowd control and processing large numbers of visitors, and we would just advise arriving 20-30 minutes early at peak periods and at opening times each day.” “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” Disney said in a statement.

Or if you’re a longtime Disney World annual passholder, you have a bank of knowledge that includes tidbits such as there’s no public restroom in Epcot’s France. Guests entering SeaWorld Orlando can also expect thorough bag checks as well as wand metal detector checks.” Security has been a major concern following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. Here’s our list of Things We Wish Folks Knew Before They Got to Orlando. •Which way is which?: If you need to get on I-4 — and you probably will — know that the directionals aren’t very intuitive. It’s better to think it through before ramping up than to try to turn around on I-4. •Magic on the map: Magic Kingdom is a very specific place, one single theme park.

This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today’s world.” SeaWorld said in an email it would be “enhancing security measures for the busy holiday season, including increased security presence both inside and outside the parks.” Metal detectors have become more common for general security reasons. And while it’s tempting to cut loose — you deserve it; you saved and worked hard all year, etc., etc. — that doesn’t trump the needs of everyone else who saved and worked hard all year. The sign says “Do not climb on rocks, please,” not “Do not climb on rocks, please, except for you guys.” These are usually safety precautions, you know, so you don’t break your neck and sue. (I always imagine these rule-breakers as also being the most litigious, but I have no fact to back this up.) •Drawing the line.

It pays to bone up ahead of time, but, basically, you can start off with three front-of-line-ish passes per day and you can secure those ahead of time.

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