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Old 05-28-2010, 12:35 PM   #151
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Last year, we watched a guy being carried out of AK by at least four touristy looking security guards as we were walking in during a mid-day park hop. It shook me up because the guy was screaming and yelling like he was being kidnapped. They carried the guy right past us so we stepped back to let them through. The guys were wearing shorts and Hawaiian type shirts so they didn't look like security at all. I then noticed a security guard in uniform walking behind them and turned to see that they were walking him to a police car. Didn't see that car just a second earlier.

I turned to DH and quietly told him that I wasn't sure if I wanted to go in. DS reminded me that he at least wanted to buy a pair of sunglasses and that there was a shop right near the entrance so that he could get a pair before we went somewhere else.

While we were waiting for DS, a woman walked up and asked me if I was okay and if I needed something to drink. I told her I was fine, but that we had just watched a guy being carried out and wasn't sure I wanted my kids around that kind of stuff. The last time I had been at AK was right after it opened when the park wasn't even completed yet so I wasn't quite sure what it had turned into since then.

That's when she told me that she worked there (showed me her badge) and assured me that what happened was not normal and that when it does happen, it is taken care of quickly. We chatted for a while as she told me about things I should see inside the park and about the different shows. Of course, she got the kids excited about going inside.

As we were leaving the shop to go inside, she brought me a bottled Coke anyway since she noticed I was still looking a little pale and shaky and thought my blood sugar might be a touch low and for us to enjoy the park. I asked her how much I owed her for the Coke and she said I didn't, that it was her treat.
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:46 PM   #152
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Last year, we watched a guy being carried out of AK by at least four touristy looking security guards as we were walking in during a mid-day park hop. It shook me up because the guy was screaming and yelling like he was being kidnapped. They carried the guy right past us so we stepped back to let them through. The guys were wearing shorts and Hawaiian type shirts so they didn't look like security at all. I then noticed a security guard in uniform walking behind them and turned to see that they were walking him to a police car. Didn't see that car just a second earlier.

I turned to DH and quietly told him that I wasn't sure if I wanted to go in. DS reminded me that he at least wanted to buy a pair of sunglasses and that there was a shop right near the entrance so that he could get a pair before we went somewhere else.

While we were waiting for DS, a woman walked up and asked me if I was okay and if I needed something to drink. I told her I was fine, but that we had just watched a guy being carried out and wasn't sure I wanted my kids around that kind of stuff. The last time I had been at AK was right after it opened when the park wasn't even completed yet so I wasn't quite sure what it had turned into since then.

That's when she told me that she worked there (showed me her badge) and assured me that what happened was not normal and that when it does happen, it is taken care of quickly. We chatted for a while as she told me about things I should see inside the park and about the different shows. Of course, she got the kids excited about going inside.

As we were leaving the shop to go inside, she brought me a bottled Coke anyway since she noticed I was still looking a little pale and shaky and thought my blood sugar might be a touch low and for us to enjoy the park. I asked her how much I owed her for the Coke and she said I didn't, that it was her treat.
Excellent job by the security officer that talked to you. Not to belittle your experience, but please realize that people are arrested every day in this Country, and it is required to keep an orderly society. Had you not gone on to enjoy your day at AK than the jerk criminal would have won.

Glad you got to see AK.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:03 PM   #153
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To be completely honest, I didn't know if AK had turned into something like PI or what. While there is nothing wrong with PI, I chose not to have my youngest child exposed to the clubbing environment at this point in her life.

Perhaps I am not as hardened to criminal behavior as others and I do realize that this kind of thing happens even in the best of places. As the CM guessed, my blood sugar was low so that might have been why it bothered me more than it should have. Then again, maybe it was because it was the last thing I expected to see. Belittle all you want.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #154
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To be completely honest, I didn't know if AK had turned into something like PI or what. While there is nothing wrong with PI, I chose not to have my youngest child exposed to the clubbing environment at this point in her life.
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Perhaps I am not as hardened to criminal behavior as others and I do realize that this kind of thing happens even in the best of places. As the CM guessed, my blood sugar was low so that might have been why it bothered me more than it should have. Then again, maybe it was because it was the last thing I expected to see. Belittle all you want.
Wasn't trying to belittle at all, I was more concerned that a criminal would ruin your vacation (or at least a day of it) and I hate to see that.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:23 PM   #155
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Had it been anywhere else, it probably would have. That CM/Security lady was really nice and went above and beyond to smooth things over, IMHO.
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:02 PM   #156
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Hi there,
The first time we noticed the undercover security was about 4 years ago.
My daughter and I were waiting for my husband and sons by the gate of The Studios. We were sitting on a bench and noticed a man and wife and their son. The wife was arguing quite loudly with her husband, I am not sure what was said but the man got very agitated and he tried to kick at her and then tried to head butt her. Literally!
The security came quite quickly dressed in shorts and loud shirts, and tried to be quick about getting this man out of sight. Unfortunately he was becoming quite violent, it took two officers to get him on the ground and cuff him, right by Sid Cayuegas(sp?) It was very scary.
His poor wife and son were sobbing hysterically.
It was so awful. The scary thing was, if he would do that to her in public. What was he capable of at home? It is baffling.
Thank God for Disney Security!
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:46 PM   #157
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And I was thinking that if they REALLY thought it could have been a bomb, shouldn't they have moved it a little further away, okay A LOT further away from us???

And when I told DH about it later he said he was so glad to see that we were smart enough to move ourselves out of danger when a bomb was suspected.
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You got that right! Geez if this was a bomb, proper response would have been to remove everyone from the area, not touch or move the bag and not transmit on police radios. Now that security broke all the rules of treating it as a bomb, one could now say it wasn't. Bringing in the dog was a day late. Truth be told, a bomb squad would have been proper if they were going all the way with it. Don't want to make a scene or fuss, then why do anything if it isn't handled right? Being a New Yorker I have lived with the reality of it all and can only shake my head at the craziness of it all.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:19 PM   #159
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HAHA, there was no limb ripping (lucky for him). Here is what happened. I was in the Pooh Playland with my son waiting for wife and daughter to meet us there. There is a little tunnel like slide in there. My son loved it and was sliding down over and over. As i stood there watching, out of the blue runs a toddler, could barely walk, but he made a bee line for the bottom of the slide and started to crawl up.....as my son was on way down. They collided and the toddler was knocked back and landed on his butt. His father runs over and grabs my son by shirt and shoved him backwards ( he fell) and called him a little S#%T. Well this guy never saw me coming, i spun him around and knocked him in the mouth so hard, he went right down. He was very lucky that the floor there was that rubber stuff because he hit head first. I picked up my son and was going to go find Disney security myself because this guys son was going to need to be looked after for a little while. Id say about 30 seconds after i whacked him, the undercovers showed up. I had 2 wonderfull cast members vouch for me saying they saw the entire thing and that i was defending my son. I know violence isnt always the best way to solve things, but when you child is attacked like that, you do what you have to ( and i dont mind saying it felt GREAT)!!!!
Kudos to you...in this case it was warranted. My DH would have done the same thing. I'd love to know what happened to the guy? Did he get ejected from the park??
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Wow what a fun topic! I have three stories, all from Disneyland and all are vastly different. Each incident is post 9/11.

1. My son was 4 when he got lost in Redwood Creek. I had been playing with him when my phone rang. I answered it, turned around and he was gone. I started yelling for him and generally freaking out as only a mother can do. I was rushing around yelling for my son. You would think other parents would notice. Apparantly not. Not a single person offered to help me find my son. It was about five minutes later when it dawned on me that he may have gone back to the caves, so I headed that way and sure enough he was playing in the caves. That five minutes was the worst five minutes of my life! No security, not even help from another guest. Now our son knows that if he can't see us, we can't see him.

2. It was our last day at Disneyland and we had done the character loop in Critter Country before our brunch at Goofy's Kitchen to end our stay. We had walked all the way to ESPN Zone before my husband realized our backpack was missing. This backpack had all of our money, our ID, airline tickets, you name it, it was in the backpack. I went to WDTC to see if they could help us. The CM there called over to Pooh Corner to see if the backpack was there. She had no word when my husband called to say it was in the circle of the character M & G and he was heading back to me. The CM I talked to was wonderful and we are friends to this day. She talked to an old friend that day that she had lost touch with and is grateful to me for that. Our backpack was not searched or sniffed.

3. Just this March I had torn ligaments in my back on our first day at Disneyland. Because of this I spent a lot of time on benches. I was sitting on a bench in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and it was getting close to time for the first parade. An older woman was coming from the street to the sidewalk and missed the step. She went flying, just missed hitting her head on the bench and landed very painfully on her knee. She bit her lip to bleeding and in general was not in great shape. I got off my bench to assist her and told someone to get a CM. It was no less than 30 seconds later before we were completely surrounded by Cast Members, Security and Disney EMT's. The woman was put into a wheelchair and her daugher and grandson were taken to first aid. The lead CM gave the daughter a piece of paper before they left. I told them to come back for the fireworks and I would still be on this bench and they could sit with me. This was the first time I personally saw Disney Security in action, but agree with other at how seamless it really is done.

The family involved didn't make it back for fireworks. I was upgraded to VIP seating for the night but continued to save the bench for some strangers I would choose at a later time.

And the piece of paper the family was handed? Unlimited fastpass.

So 1 out of 3 times security was involved. Should have been 2 out of 3.

No worries though, our son is now almost 8 and still remembers that if he can't see us, we can't see him.
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Carolwoodpr, you and I are kinyard spirits. It is such a lovely feeling to be able to offer random strangers a good seat for a parade, more so if they have small children with them.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. For a second I thought you were talking about me when you told of the lady falling. A DISer happened to see me fall. No CM's nothing and even when I called to report the fall so that they could wipe up the water to avoid anyone else being hurt there was no reaction. A call to see if I was alright would have been nice. I was not going to sue because it had rained and I did not see the water.

Seems it matters who is around at the time as to what happens. Sure glad you were there for that lady.

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Thanks for sharing your experiences. For a second I thought you were talking about me when you told of the lady falling. A DISer happened to see me fall. No CM's nothing and even when I called to report the fall so that they could wipe up the water to avoid anyone else being hurt there was no reaction. A call to see if I was alright would have been nice. I was not going to sue because it had rained and I did not see the water.

Seems it matters who is around at the time as to what happens. Sure glad you were there for that lady.

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I saw your post about slipping because of the crocs then someone chimed in saying crocs were not at fault. I was going to interject there because I was an avid crocs wearer myself. The second poster was half right. Crocs are NOT slippery. Until you have no more tread. Once you lose the tread it is like you are on ice when you step on anything wet. I live in Colorado where it is often wet, and I learned this quite painfully one year. So crocs themselves are fine to wear, but toss them when the tread is gone

And as for saving the bench, a CM 'caught' me. Two days in a row I ended up in the VIP section, and both days I saved the seat for someone else. It was the CM who asked if I saved it for someone 'worthy'. I had to laugh because that is exactly what I was doing. I start out saving it for my family. My son is 7, he would never sit for hours for a good seat. I don't expect any child of that age to sit for hours - it is miserable for them, and for the parents. But I do expect my son to be at the seat one hour before the fireworks, parade, whatever I am saving for. That is because any closer to the actual time it is very difficult to move in the crowds. Anyway, both days I was saving the bench I was able to give it to a young family with young kids. I told them to be there 1 hour before and the bench was theirs. Both families were so greatful, their smiles were worth it, and frankly with my back, I was going to be sitting there anyway.

Now, back on topic - as for the woman who did fall, I was able to find out that she was okay. Here knee was badly bruised as was her lip but nothing she had to go to the hospital for so that was nice.

Oh, and I did forget to mention this little incident that happened the same night. Two people snuck into VIP seating and security was there right away to escort them out.

I must also add that on our trip to WDW in October I will be looking for these 'tourist' security people.

Keep the stories coming because like others I am loving it!
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When we were there last week we saw a K9 unit right outside of Peter Pan. We watched them walk towards Columbia Harbour House and stop on the other side. Two guys came from over by the Haunted Mansion line, talked to the uniformed officer with the K9 for a few minutes and then the uniformed officer and K9 went back and inbetween PP and CHH (where the restrooms are). Don't know what happened after that, but the two guys that came out of the HM area were dressed like tourists--but were obviously UC guys. That makes me feel a lot safer knowing they are there!!
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Carolwoodpr, you and I are kinyard spirits. It is such a lovely feeling to be able to offer random strangers a good seat for a parade, more so if they have small children with them.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. For a second I thought you were talking about me when you told of the lady falling. A DISer happened to see me fall. No CM's nothing and even when I called to report the fall so that they could wipe up the water to avoid anyone else being hurt there was no reaction. A call to see if I was alright would have been nice. I was not going to sue because it had rained and I did not see the water.
Seems it matters who is around at the time as to what happens. Sure glad you were there for that lady.

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Even if had not rained why would you sue? Isn't there some personal responsibility left in this world?
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