While a vacation to Walt Disney World is designed to allow you to curate your experience and choose what you want to do and when you want to do it, there are some aspects of your vacation that you will not have any choice over. Disney certainly doesn’t enjoy “forcing” guests to do anything, some things just can’t be helped along any other way. So, before your next visit to the House of Mouse, here are five things that you may be forced to do at Disney.
5. Metal Detectors
It is an unfortunate fact of today’s world that there may be those who seek to cause injury to others, while Disney World is not a primary target, the security officers at Disney World don’t gamble with the safety of guests. Therefore, guests are expected to walk through metal detectors to ensure they aren’t in possession of any weapons.
However, recently, Disney has changed the metal detector process at the Magic Kingdom to prevent back-ups of guests at the entrance to Main Street, U.S.A. This change has helped speed guests into their adventures throughout the lands of the Magic Kingdom and indicates to us dedicated on Disney’s part to make the process as unobtrusive as possible.
4. Bag Search
Coupled with the metal detectors, guests carrying backpacks, diaper bags, purses, and other bags will have to submit to a search of their bag. The Disney guards in charge of this step of the process do their best to conduct a thorough search quickly to keep the lines moving.
We recommend helping make this process speed by faster by having any zippered compartments open and ready for inspection. It’ll get you through the line quicker, but it will also be very much appreciated by the security guards.
3. ADRs at Table Service Restaurants
Disney World is a popular place and home to some of the most popular theme parks on the planet, so this means that there are people there at all times of the year. With a multitude of dining options available to guests from food cars to sit-down restaurants, guests can find anything to satisfy their appetite, but if you or your family has their eyes (or stomachs) set on a specific meal, you’re going to have to make an advanced dining reservation for a table-service meal.
Gone are the days where you can walk-up to a restaurant and expect to be seated without any kind of wait. Disney certainly makes it as easy as possible to make your reservations through the My Disney Experience app or on-line beginning 180 days before you arrive on property.