Disney is taking over security efforts at Disney World theme parks

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Recently Disney added new security policies for guest entering the theme parks. Metal detectors were added, many items were banned from entry to the theme parks, and even mounted patrols were added after the event at Disney Springs last month.

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Since the security changes occurred so sudden Disney had to hire a 3rd party company to handle the new security measures, you can tell them by their yellow colored shirts at the gate.


While these changes were in place Disney was in the process of hiring new security personnel.  Over the past few weeks a transition from the 3rd party company to Disney’s own staff has been taking place. It started with the Animal Kingdom then on to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom will be the last to receive this update.

Overall the transition has been smooth, while I was there last week I was selected twice to go through the additional security screening. If you fly at all it is basically the same procedure. After they go through your bag you head over to the metal detector, you remove all the items from your pockets. If you set off the detector they wand you looking for the metal. My Star Wars belt set off the detector and I had to lift my shirt to show I was not carrying a gun like the lawyer from Miami tried last month.

It took maybe an additional 30 seconds to get through the gate, no biggie at all. This happened to me in Animal Kingdom and it was Disney’s own security who scanned me so they were friendly yet assertive. They joked about all of my Star Wars items I was wearing and how I was only missing the shoes.

I am glad to see Disney stepping up the security measures coming into the parks. I have no problem delaying my entry if it means I do not have to worry about something happening to my family.

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3 thoughts on “Disney is taking over security efforts at Disney World theme parks

  1. I think the extra security at Disney is a good idea, I just hope they hire qualified personnel and train officers correctly. Hopefully they have engaged professionals vetted through ASIS International.

  2. I was there 2 weeks ago and saw no disruption getting into the park. Disney will make the TSA look like a joke with their efficiency.

  3. We’ll be getting to experience this this coming Aug. I’m not upset by this at all. Although, I’m surprised it took Disney so long to start doing this! I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later.

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