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Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Orlando install metal detectors at theme park entrances

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Due to the recent acts of terrorism and gun violence, all three major theme parks in the Orlando area have now installed metal detectors at the front of their attractions.

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando now have metal detectors for guests to walk through when entering the theme parks. SeaWorld started this process at the beginning of the holiday season, while Walt Disney World had no comment as to how long the detectors would be in place. Universal Orlando is using the holiday traffic to test the metal detectors at the entrance of the park.

Disney World has now discontinued the sale of toy guns and will not be allowing guests 14 and older to wear costumes into the park, even during Halloween parties. Park security has been even more prevalent lately, with trained dogs patrolling main areas, as well as a higher number of security guards and officers. Last week, a lawyer attempted to bring a loaded gun in to Magic Kingdom.

Tom Schroder, a Universal spokesman, told the Orlando Sentinel that the testing of the metal detectors at Universal was not caused by a specific threat, but because Universal wants “guests to feel safe when they come here. We’ve long used metal detection for special events, such a Halloween Horror Nights. This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today’s world.”

Guests staying at Disney Resorts in the area appear to be receiving messages in their room phones alerting them to the new security changes.

Due to the recent attacks in Paris and California, the federal Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin saying it was “especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places.”

31 Comments

  1. TraciR

    Planning on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2016. we bought costumes on discount, now useless. Since when are costumes a threat?

    1. Ozzie

      They’re a threat in the world we live in today, unfortunately. While inconvenient, be glad that the parks are doing everything they can to try to keep us (and our kids) safe.

      1. I’m not glad. this is awful news. We as a people live in constant fear now. Why even try?

      2. frostysnowman

        But they don’t need to do it. All this does is contribute to feafulness in this country. It’s security theater and nothing more.

  2. Remi

    I was at WDW the 10th through the 14th and never got such message or went through any metal detectors? We stayed at Art of Animation and went to the 4 major parks as well as Disney Springs, if that helps.

    1. Nicole

      It started today….

  3. Lynn

    I’m so upset about the Halloween costumes. That’s our favorite time of year to go as a family. We have adult kids and we always dress up.

  4. Vikki

    I completely understand metal detectors despite inconvenience and I understand not selling toy guns. But not letting adults wear costumes is too far. Lot’s of families look forward to participating in these events together especially since adults can’t wear costumes to the park unless during special times. I could understand stricter guidelines for costumes but just not allowing it at all is really a bummer and takes the magic out of the event for everyone. I really hope Disney changes their mind about this, I don’t think I could see myself buying a ticket to Not-So-Scary without being able to interact with characters in costume, it’s always the highlight of my year as silly as it sounds.

  5. jas22

    wow so much for freedom in this country. government rules our lives. and people are okay with that? makes no sense. i guess people are cowards to stand up to the government. i guess fear wins here.

    1. Pace

      These are WDW rules, not the government.

  6. frostysnowman

    Dear President of Universal (and Disney, and Busch),

    We felt perfectly safe in your parks BEFORE the metal detectors were put in place. They are unnecessary and unreasonable, and I think they actually contribute to a climate of fear. They do not assuage it.

    Sincerely,
    Frostysnowman

  7. I am going to WDW this year and I am so glad Disney are thinking of our saftey, I know people are disappointed about the new rules about no costumes ect , but isnt this a small price to pay people need to wake up this is the world we live in now you can’t bury your head in the sand.

    1. Scott

      Yes, aren’t all our freedoms just a small price to pay for fear mongering?

  8. Jessyca

    Really disappointed about the costumes. If we are going through metal detectors, why would our costumes pose a threat?
    They are taking away from an amazing event, that families can participate in together. So many families all dress up as a whole cast of a movie. The Incredibles, Toy Story, etc. Snow White and the Evil Queen. It is my favorite event at Disney. I am not sure I would participate anymore if this is the case. It is really a shame, and I hope they change their mind.

  9. Logical

    Just got back from WDW yesterday. I would have felt much better had they started this prior to my trip. You are absolutely 100% out of your mind crazy if you do not think WDW and other parks are a target. I assure you they are! Costumes are easy ways to conceal weapons that metal detectors will not detect. It sucks that this is the way things are but it is what it is. I have zero problems waiting in longer lines and going through extra security measures in the name of security. Was the parks supposed to wait until something happened and then take action. The economy of Orlando would be permanently devastated if a terrorist had at any one of the major parks. Use your heads before complaining and stop thinking about yourselves!!!!!

    1. frostysnowman

      Did you walk around feeling like a terrorist might be hiding around every corner, scared 24/7 they might be coming to get you?

      1. Logical

        Once inside the park I felt somewhat safe. Frankly I think the security screening should start at the parking lot prior to where the massive crowds begin, say like the ferry boat? If we feel like the security screening is unnecessary what about screening before you get on an airplane?

        1. frostysnowman

          They way people are screened prior to boarding an airplane, treated like potential criminals, with the x-rays and groping, is also unnecessary and does nothing to keep us safe. Total security theater.

    2. Pace

      Totally agree!

    3. Bootsey Cloverdale

      This is so true. I read just the other day that terrorists are able to fool metal detectors at airports by simply wearing a Cinderella costume!

  10. Bootsey Cloverdale

    I am against the metal detectors in the parks. I don’t think they will help keep us safe. Now a ban on costumes is a good idea. Every year at the MNSSHP I see threatening and dangerous costumes worn by 16 and 17 year olds. So many unsafe Ariel and Snow White costumes could kill or injure many! I saw so many pirate costumes that could easily hide a bomb or weapons that a metal detector would not find. Next year my wife was planning on wearing a Madonna breast plate that I’m sure could poke someones’s eyes out. Thank god for this smart and reasonable new rule, After all wearing customes doesn’t make the park any more fun.

  11. Bootsey Cloverdale

    I am against the metal detectors in the parks. I don’t think they will help keep us safe. Now a ban on costumes is a good idea. Every year at the MNSSHP I see threatening and dangerous costumes worn by 16 and 17 year olds. So many unsafe Ariel and Snow White costumes could kill or injure many! I saw so many pirate costumes that could easily hide a bomb or weapons that a metal detector would not find. Next year my wife was planning on wearing a Madonna breast plate that I’m sure could poke someones’s eyes out. Thank god for this smart and reasonable new rule, After all wearing costumes doesn’t make the park any more fun.

  12. Jen

    Metal detectors or no metal detectors, I will not be coming back to the USA until there is some gun control. Quite happy to stay in the UK with a high terrorist threat but at a least we don’t have any Tom, Dick or Harry pulling his gun out in a cinema or chain restaurant because somebody took the last parking space. Ill take my police force unarmed thanks.

    1. Thomas

      Thank you Jen for staying away from the USA. Please tell all your friends to stay away as well. One way to get the lines at Disney a little shorter.

    2. Trey5seven

      Mass shooting only happen in “Gun Free Zones” where they dnt allow the citizens who are able to legally carry firearms carry them. Do your research

  13. Sam

    I cannot believe they are banning adult costumes at the Halloween party. More security, fine. But my family always dresses up. And with this ban, I really won’t book again for next year. It’s the only time adults get to play like a child. I seriously hope they reverse that rule.

  14. I agreed to the security examination. Because it’s better to prevent the accident before it happen

  15. freedom in this country. government rules our lives.
    Well if this is for the human lives i shall agree

  16. really good place. deh want to go there at the end of this month

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