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Breaking News – Disney adds metal detectors to the Magic Kingdom park entrance

Metal Detectors Being Installed at all parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida and Disneyland in California.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World resort in Orlando is installing metal detectors in all of its’ theme parks in the Orlando area starting today – December 17th. There are now 3 metal detectors in place at the Magic Kingdom alongside the bag check area. A random sampling of guests will be sent through the scanners, which are being operated by a third party security firm, CSC. Additionally, they are discontinuing the sale of toy guns and only children 13 years old or younger will be allowed to wear costumes in the parks.

The report says that SeaWorld Orlando will also be using metal detectors beginning today. Universal and Six Flags have long used metal detectors to help ensure the safety of their guests.

Quoting from the Sentinel:

“The detectors at Disney were installed ahead of the evening’s high profile premiere of the new “Star Wars” movie at Disney Springs, an event that includes admission to Hollywood Studios afterward. It is unclear how long the metal detectors will be at the parks. Visitors will be randomly selected to go through them. There will also be a metal detector at the Disney Springs movie theater tonight.

During our visit this week we noticed increased scrutiny at all bag check lines and reports are that there have also been more deputies and security guards on the premises, and specially trained dogs have been patrolling key areas. So, Disney’s announcement of metal detectors being installed isn’t a total surprise.

Disney officials stated:

“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate.”
In a sign of how jittery the nation has become about terrorism and gun violence, all three major Orlando theme parks on Thursday installed metal detectors at the front of their attractions.”

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Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules

GENERAL RULES

Welcome to the Walt Disney World Resort. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our park Guests, please respect the following rules:

  1. All persons, bags, parcels, clothing, and other items may be subject to screening/security checks at the Park entrances and also within the Parks.
  2. We reserve the right not to allow any bag, parcel or other item to be brought into the Parks, and to deal with any unattended object in such way as we consider appropriate.
  3. Please show common courtesy to fellow Park Guests and our Cast Members by not using profanity or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior. For your safety and the safety of others, please refrain from running.
  4. Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Costumes may not be worn by Guests ages 14 or older. Clothing that drags the ground is prohibited. Clothing with multiple layers is subject to search. We reserve the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs, are not permitted.
  5. For the comfort of all Guests, smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products that produce a vapor or smoke are allowed only in designated smoking areas.
  6. Please supervise your children at all times. Guests under age 14 must be accompanied by a Guest age 14 or older to enter the Park. To board an attraction, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  7. Access to attractions depends upon the safety rules for each attraction.
  8. Masks may not be worn by any Guests ages 14 or older (unless required for medical purposes). When worn by younger Guests, masks must provide unobstructed peripheral vision at all times with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

The following items may not be brought into the Parks:

  1. Recreational devices such as drones, remote control toys, skateboards, scooters, inline skates or shoes with built-in wheels.
  2. Alcoholic beverages or any illegal substance.
  3. Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ (92 cm x 132 cm).
  4. Suitcases, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm).
  5. Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an Electronic Conveyance Vehicle, wheelchair or stroller, or pulled by a person, including wagons.
  6. Wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels or devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted. Devices must be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. Devices should be single rider and not exceed 36″ (92 cm) in width and 52″ (132 cm) in length.
  7. Weapons of any kind, or objects that appear to be weapons (also including toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
  8. Folding chairs.
  9. Selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras or mobile devices).
  10. Large tripods.
  11. Glass containers (excluding small containers such as baby food jars).
  12. Pets or other animals, except approved service animals (e.g., dogs). Service animals must be under the control of the owner at all times and should remain on a leash or in a harness. Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride certain attractions.
  13. Balloons and plastic straws are not permitted in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for the safety of our animals.
  14. Other items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive.

For more information on what to do in Disney World please read our article below

Disney World Park Etiquette 101 – 10 Tips for Newbies to Follow

Walt Disney World is one of the most family-friendly places in the world. In order to maintain that status, the park does have certain rules they expect guests to follow. While these rules are common sense to most of us, some guests ruin the Disney magic for the rest of us by breaking them. In order to avoid being one of these rude guests, here are a few tips are park etiquette.

10. Don’t Stop In The Middle Of The Walkway

Guests who shop short with no warning cause congestion and more than a few collisions. Help avoid injuries and conflicts by continuing to move with the crowd. If you do need to stop suddenly, for a photo opportunity or to figure out where to go next, move off to the side so those behind you can keep moving.

9. Don’t Cut The Line

Cutting the line of any Disney attraction is prohibited by Disney Parks and is grounds for ejection from the park. However, guests still do it using the excuse, “My family is up ahead.” While this might possibly be true, guests should wait until their entire party is ready, then get on line. Use Fastpasses to avoid the long waits and be patient just like everyone else.

8. Pay Attention To The Line

Another pet peeve of Disney park guests is when the line moves forward, but the next person in line isn’t pay attention. Especially with omnimover rides, a gap in the line can mean empty ride vehicles when there’s a long line of guests waiting for their turn. Absolutely take the time to enjoy all the details in the line queue, but also keep in mind that the line needs to keep moving.

7. Behave On Attractions

There’s a reason why each ride has a recording along with posted signs as to what you cannot do on attractions. Failure to disregard these signs can result in immediate ejection from the park or possible suspension from any Disney park. Don’t stick your hands in the water, don’t try to get out of the ride vehicle or stand up in it, and don’t make obnoxious loud noises that ruins the ride for everyone else. Be aware of what the rules are and follow them.

6. Behave With Characters

When interacting with Disney characters, regardless of age, be kind and wait your turn. Lots of people want their picture taken and an autograph so remember to be patient. When it is your turn, have your camera and autograph book ready to keep the line moving. Remind your kids to be gentle with the characters. There have been stories of the characters getting hit or tackled by kids who wanted to play rough. When your turn is over, move off to the side to allow the next person to go.

5. Don’t Get Drunk

This is a big one for Epcot as many older Disney fans try to make it their goal to sample the alcoholic beverages at each country pavilion in World Showcase. While Disney is okay with this, they are not okay with public drunkenness. If you’re going to drink, know your limit and pace yourself accordingly. Remember that it is a family park, not a bar.

4. Throw Your Garbage Out

Disney parks are known for being exceptionally clean. This is due to the large number of Cast Members who are constantly picking up garbage. It’s proper etiquette at Disney parks, or anywhere really, to throw your trash out. When you’re finished eating, don’t leave your wrappers behind for someone to clean it. Do it yourself and help the Cast Members out.

3. Keep It Appropriate

In general, all guests should keep their behavior, language, and clothing appropriate for a family friendly park. You may not mind PDA so much, but it makes everyone around you uncomfortable when they’re waiting to go on Jungle Cruise and you’re making out the entire time. Likewise, don’t swear, don’t wear offensive clothing, and make sure you’re properly covered. Sure, it gets hot in Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can wear a barely-there outfit.

2. Listen To Cast Member Directions

Cast Members are there to ensure all guests have a pleasant experience at the Disney parks. When they give instructions, it’s for the good of all guests. If they ask you to stay inside the line while waiting for a parade or for Wishes, it’s because they need to keep a fire lane clear for emergencies. They’re not out to ruin your experience. Be courteous and don’t take it out on the Cast Members if you’re asked to move, refrain from flash photography, or if a ride is closed.

1. Be Aware of BO

Wear deodorant. There’s really no excuse not to. If you forgot to pack it, every Disney Resort Hotel sells the essentials. Be aware that you’ll be in a hot, crowded park and unpleasant body odor has the potential to occur. Luckily, it can be avoided as well.

Follow these simple rules and you’ll be well on your way to not only having a pleasant experience at the Disney parks, but help make the experience pleasant for everyone else as well.

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