Those visiting Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are sure to notice the new metal detectors that have been installed at the parks’ entrances. Orlando Sentinel reported, “Walt Disney World Resort would not say how long its metal detectors would be in place. SeaWorld said it had installed the devices as part of enhanced security for the holidays. Universal Orlando said it was testing using them as guests approach the theme parks.” and, further, that “The changes extend outside Orlando. Disneyland and Universal Studios in Hollywood are also installing the detectors.”
In addition to these security measures, Walt Disney World Resort has made some changes to their Park Policies as well. Guests over the age of 14 can not wear costumes in the parks and the sale of toy guns in the Walt Disney World retail stores has been stopped. Orlando Sentinel’s article states that the no costumes policy will stay in effect even during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Disney Cruise Line has also updated their list of items not allowed on their cruise ships and the most notable change is the addition of toy guns or other replicas of firearms and weapons. You can view the complete list of prohibited items here.
While I know that these added security measures may make the time entering the parks a little longer, I am glad to see them put into place. In this day and time, one can never be too cautious.
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