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Old 05-13-2010, 05:29 PM   #16
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A zillion years ago, like 14, our DS was about 10 and we were in ECPOT really, really early. Not another guest in site(it was amazing!) and he wanted to go off by his self. NO WAY! said I, and we got into an arguement...I saw a CM in Security uniform, and he came over and we told him what was going on and that I was concerned about a young kid alone at the park. He asked how responsible DS was, and stuff and ended up telling us to look around. By that time there were a dozen or so people in the area.. this was between the East and West Int. in front of the dancing fountion, near Mouse Gears.. so we did and he pointed out several uncover CMs... and assured us DS would be fine! So we told DS ok, but meet us back at that point at a set time, or he was glued to us for LIFE! Off he went, and we were the late ones back!!
The security guy had noticed how we were all argueing with our son and had come close to check everthing was ok. We weren't even loud, or making hand motions, just hands on hips, mom style head shaking and finger shaking NO! so that is how empty it was, and how good they are... he also pointed out they have security cameras every where! That I can tell you is the truth, DH works with security systems for Military Bases/ eye fingerprint tech stuff and he and my DB are allways saying, LOOK! WDW has Symco pds 1893s cameras up there, or what ever they are!
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:04 PM   #17
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Prior to Sept 11th I have only seen ONE, yes ONE, security officer in WDW. It was at MK where he popped out of a door and then went in another. No more than 10-15 seconds before he was out of sight.

I have spent a fair amount of time at WDW and seeing the guard was a shock. You just never saw them.

Since Sept 11th I have seen the guys in plain clothes with the ear pieces. They may have been there before I just never noticed them.

You know at EPCOT especially at F&W there are going to be people who get into trouble because of booze.

I was waiting in line for the Sam Adams beer tasting/testing class last October and two guys in front of me were returning to take the class again. You do not get much beer in the class but these guys did not need anymore. They had full beer mugs and one of the CM's walked by and accidently bumped one of the guys arms and which spilled some beer. The guys started trash talking to the CM. The CMs looked like they were all grandpas. So talking trash to grandpa was not going over well with the people in line. The CM did the best he could do to apologize and just moved off. I thought security would show up and remove them from the park. I think everyone in the line wanted them removed. The two men had been talking football before the bump incident, they were Browns fans, so people started talking trash about the Browns.

These guys waited until the beer was served in the class, downed it, and left real quick. Class acts there were. There might have been $1 worth of beer even at Disney prices.

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Old 05-13-2010, 06:31 PM   #18
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A few years ago we were on the resort monorail. Tourist looking fellow (shorts, loud tee, dark glasses & longish hair). Suddenly pulled out a phone/two way radio and I saw the flesh colored wire coming out the back of his shirt up to his ear. He said something to the effect to just watch the individual, he was one stop away and dispatch had already called the Orange County Sheriff to meet them there. He got off in a hurry at the GF.

Second time was last year. Again a tourist/teen looking fellow, backwards ball cap, back back, dark glasses was leaning against a railing by the boat ramp at Hollywood Studios. A uniformed guard came walking by, did a U turn and walked up and asked what he was doing there as he thought it was his day off. The undercover said no, he got called in and was working plain clothes outside the park for the day.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:47 PM   #19
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dh saw a k9 search going on a few weeks back in tomorrowland...or should i say he was in line with the kids for buzz's autograph and the team walked by. i never saw a thing and we never heard more of it. also about a week later we saw a dude walking down pixar place with a dog on a leash...i presume a k9? i dont think dogs are just allowed in the parks. and this wasnt a service dog. the kids of course went oh dog! ds is all about petting dogs for some strange reason, even when in the car and theyre out side walking. so i said no sorry doggies working rite now....i think...lol
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:14 PM   #20
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Hats off to all those that blend right in and let us leave some of those worries behind! Yes, I stay pretty security conscience on vacation but I have never spotted them. As a mom of 2 I really appreciate that! Thanks again to you know who you are- You make our trip magical!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:15 PM   #21
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I think that's why I feel totally safe at the world. I "know" security all over the place.

Maybe because I've spent enough years in big store retail, I know real security always blends in.

And knowing from my own experience, those dogs are taken better care of than most human employees.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:15 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by DVC-Don View Post
A few years ago we were on the resort monorail. Tourist looking fellow (shorts, loud tee, dark glasses & longish hair). Suddenly pulled out a phone/two way radio and I saw the flesh colored wire coming out the back of his shirt up to his ear. He said something to the effect to just watch the individual, he was one stop away and dispatch had already called the Orange County Sheriff to meet them there. He got off in a hurry at the GF.
And you didn't quietly slip off the monorail behind him, tail him to his destination, and see what was going on?!

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:49 PM   #23
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My father in law is a decorated retired police man and he thought about working security for Disney. I will have to ask him if he was approached somehow within his career or if he came up with the idea on his own I remeber him telling me that a lot of security in Disney are retired Policemen
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:53 PM   #24
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Hi, I also saw the K-9 Unit in Epcot one morning. There was a backpack left up against a tree in a grassy area not where people are supposed to go,behind the metal fencing. And just when I was thinking to myself,How did someone LEAVE a backpack there?? I see security and the K-9 Unit arrive. I pointed it out to my family but nobody else was really paying any attention to them. Joan
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:11 PM   #25
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When we were there in April, we saw two security guards and the K-9 dog at the beginning of the monorail ramp entrance outside EPCOT. They were watching the crowd. My 4 yr old son stopped for a moment and oohed over the dog (not going near it of course), I told them that the dog was beautiful (it was a gorgeous german shepherd) and off we went.

OOPS...I followed this thread right off topic...sorry! I have not seen any undercover security, as far as I know!
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:14 PM   #26
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Wow, DD left her mini Tinkerbell backpack in the Main Street Bakery last July, at 1 in the morning during PM EMH. We were on the monorail by the time we realized it, so it was unattended for probably at least 45 minutes or so. When we returned they had it in the back of the bakery, they had not brought it to central Lost and Found yet. Wonder if the dogs sniffed it before we returned for it...
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:28 PM   #27
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Last year an undercover approached my husband and asked him to lift up his shirt. She thought she saw something and was very rude about. She came of of no where. They are there and watching we just don't know it. We were kind of stunned there for a little bit.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:31 PM   #28
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Oh, how I love this thread! I am soooo into undercover security! I would looove to do that~~ I always feel so safe at Disney..I don't know why!! as I have never paid attention to undercovers before...I guess you just expect that as the extra Disney magic!!!! I know bad things can happen anywhere..but I think it's minimal there...KWIM?
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:50 PM   #29
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This happened about 6 or 7 years ago while we were vacationing at WDW. We were at DHS (then MGM), looking around a souvenir store. My little sister who was about 2 or 3 at the time has always had a tendency to run away as soon as you blink your eye or turn your head. In fact, they called her Heather Houdini at her daycare for being able to get out of any contraption you put her in. So, she slid and unbuckled her way out of her stroller while my mom and I had turned our eye from her and decided to play hide and seek. As soon as we noticed she was gone, we started calling her... She didn't answer. We called her again... she didn't answer. We began calling her hysterically... she still didn't answer... But, a bunch of tourist-ey looking people came out of nowhere talking into their collars and found her within seconds.

That was the only encounter I know that I've had with Disney's undercover security... or were they?

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Old 05-13-2010, 09:00 PM   #30
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I was walking into the AK when a man with a hooded sweatshirt decided he would be cute and go in the "no bags" checkpoint hiding his bag in his sweatshirt.

He was escorted off by two men in flowery shirts. They looked like tourists. I think he was with his family - and they were looking around for him - he just disappeared.
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