When my family visited Disney World at the beginning of December, we noticed a difference in the security at the theme parks. First of all, our bags were checked much more thoroughly than before, and there were police officers located near the gates. At Animal Kingdom, we even saw an officer with a K9. It kind of surprised us, but given the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, we felt it was a welcome addition and it was not intrusive at all.
On December 17th, it was announced that Walt Disney World was installing metal detectors at each entrance. They are also going to have some of those K9 dogs. (who are actually what are called Vapor Wake dogs-the can tell if someone is wearing an explosive device). There is no timeline for how long the detectors will be in place or whether at some point every guest will have to go through them. Also, new to the security measures is the removal of sales of toy guns and not allowing guests 14 and older to wear costumes in the park. Please see my post, New Costume Guidelines Set for RunDisney Races for specific rules for upcoming races.
While I understand the security issues with certain costumes, I do think this might pose a problem for the special ticket event, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. Guests have become accustomed to wearing costumes to the event and that is one of the big draws. Take that ability away completely for those over 14 and there might be a decrease in those who want to attend. Disney has yet to announce their plans for the event, so I will have to keep you posted on that one!
Now for toy guns. I get it, I do. BUT, how do you outlaw selling a Star Wars Stormtrooper Laser Blaster gun? I think that might be a bit too much.
Here’s what Disney had to say about the new measures:
“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” said Jacquee Wahler, director of communications for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
Now for the specifics. The most up to date park rules posted on their site. Please check them out before you go!