Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks

Today Walt Disney World began random metal detector guest screenings at its theme park entrances.  

 

In addition to the bag checks routinely employed at Walt Disney World theme park gates, some guests will now be asked to pass through a metal detector.  Website WDWMagic.com reports that three metal detectors have been installed at the Magic Kingdom, with additional units at the other parks.  Guests will be randomly selected to pass through the metal detectors during the bag check process.

The news comes less than a week after Walt Disney World security stopped a guest who attempted to enter the Magic Kingdom with a loaded firearm.  When approached, the man began to flee and was later apprehended by sheriff's deputies.  The man claimed to have a concealed carry permit, but authorities indicate the permit expired 10 years ago.  

Individuals with valid concealed carry permits are prohibited from bringing weapons into a Disney theme park.  

In addition to the heightened security measures, Disney has discontinued sales of toy guns throughout Walt Disney World property and banned "weapons, or objects that appear to be weapons" from being carried into its parks.  

Finally, costumes may no longer be worn by guests age 14 and older.  

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Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks -- DVCNews
2015 Dec 17 03:33:00 PM
Today Walt Disney World began random metal detector guest screenings at its theme park entrances.

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Re: Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks -- Diana
2015 Dec 17 05:24:54 PM
Sadly, in this day and age, this has become the norm. I would rather have to wait in line a little longer and feel safe because I definitely don't want anymore idiots bringing their guns to any theme parks. It did make me a little sad to realize that theme parks have to go this route to keep people safe. It kind of took a little of the magic away for me.
Re: Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2015 Dec 17 05:32:42 PM
I hope they make all guests entering through the "Guest Without Bags" entrance go through metal detectors (which would include me).

The unfortunate reality however is that someone hellbent on destruction can easily get weapons into the parks. The measures Disney takes amount to the same reason we have locks on our doors; keep honest people honest.
Re: Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks -- Diana
2015 Dec 17 05:36:34 PM
KNWVIKING 2.0 wrote:
I hope they make all guests entering through the "Guest Without Bags" entrance go through metal detectors (which would include me).



I agree. That would be the safest step for them to take.
Re: Metal detectors arrive at WDW parks -- simbasmom
2015 Dec 17 06:16:35 PM
I think this is a long time coming. About 15 years ago, we went through metal detectors to enter a major park in San Antonio. My only concern is that will this make lines move much more slowly? Imagine this-guest goes through metal detector and sets it off; maybe it was his trading pins so he backs up takes his pins out and tries again. Nope, still setting off metal detector; maybe it's his change, back up, take out the change and try again, etc., etc. Pretty soon the lines look like trying to get through security at Orlando Airport.

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