Any security changes at WDW?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by SEC71, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. parkhopping

    parkhopping DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.disboards.com/s

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    My $0.02:

    Freak accidents and attacks by evil or ill people can happen anytime, anyplace. About a month ago, a sinkhole opened up under a house not far from where I live and swallowed a man alive while he was sleeping. People run red lights and text while driving, causing horrific accidents. You have things like Boston and Aurora. There is very little to stop these kinds of things from happening. So I'm not going to let fear and the "what-ifs" keep me from enjoying life. If I did, I couldn't feel safe anywhere, not even in my own house or while driving to school. I believe that Disney is well aware of the need for security and have no reason to doubt their ability to keep me reasonably safe while I'm there. It's no use worrying about what could happen, so I will continue to visit Disney and won't fret about it.
     
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  3. Maleficent Dragon

    Maleficent Dragon Member Since 2004; lost previous login.

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  4. Mommy to Kayla

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    As I was first planning this vacation I started searching for information on the safety of Disney World just because I worry a lot. Honestly I couldn't find much information just the same thoughts from like from people here that they feel its safe, but to me, simple bag checks are not enough. We will be there for 10 days over the 4th and my plan is just not to be at WDW that day for several reasons but it also makes my paranoid heart feel a bit better too. I soooooo wish we lived in a different time and place, I feel bad that our kids have to grow up in this era.
     
  5. lizzi6692

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    Just because bag checks are the only visible thing you see that doesn't mean that is the only security measure Disney takes. Disney prides itself on keeping business operations(even security) as close to invisible as possible to maintain the magic. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's not there. And honestly those type of measures make me feel way safer than the false sense of security given by overly grandiose security measures taken by other places. (*cough*TSA*cough*)
     
  6. parkhopping

    parkhopping DIS Veteran<br><a href="http://www.disboards.com/s

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    You're right, they're not. Which is why Disney does a lot more than that. It's just not visible to you. PPs have mentioned the large number of plainclothes security officers constantly roaming the parks and hanging around the bag check/turnstiles, keeping an eye out for suspicious behavior. There are hidden cameras all over the place. I'm sure there are plenty of other hidden security measures. Disney is well aware of the target they become by being open to such large crowds, and they take safety very seriously.

    And yes, lots of tragedies are happening during this era...but taking a long, hard look at history, is it really drastically worse than any other time? I agree that it's difficult to explain what's happening to young kids and to feel like you can protect them. But somehow I don't think terrible things happen any more or less often now than they ever have. The proliferation of the media may make it feel that way, but I don't think it's really the case.

    I don't say any of that to bash you or to imply that your feelings and concerns aren't legitimate. I sympathize and simply wish to offer some reassuring logic :hug:
     
  7. clynngibson

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    They aren't just there in plain clothes, either, they are VERY observant. My dad was stopped on his way in and asked if he was carrying an off-duty weapon. He's a corrections officer and I don't know if he was wearing his PD shirt or if he just has that "look" (lol) but he was stopped. I didn't even realize it had happened until we were in the park. They are very discrete.
     
  8. Nina1

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    lmao!
     
  9. tjmj9801

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    This. To live in fear isn't the way my family does it, either. We were on our honeymoon at Disney on 9/11. We continue to go there because we were so impressed with the way things were handled. Disney is a very secure, safe place.
     
  10. AmyB2006

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    Why? So you can feel "safer"? Metal detectors will cause delays and longer lines than you already have. And will accomplish nothing. Metal detectors don't make you safe.
     
  11. dadddio

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    There are quite a few downsides to metal detectors that make them impractical for use at the WDW parks, but it isn't true that they do not increase security.
     
  12. PSUGuy

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    I'll draw the line when Disney starts using a proctoscope.

    Bill From PA
     
  13. agame2323

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    Good question but Disney is one of the few places were metal detectors are NOT needed. WDW is pretty much it's own city and there are SO many camera's (hidden and visible) that it would be almost impossible to do something and not be caught.

    Now if someone walks in with a death wish... that's a different story.
     
  14. rainynight

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    That's the scary part. Many people have no problem martyring for their cause.
     
  15. ManyMinnie

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    There was a noticeable k-9 presence last week, before anything happened. We've noticed the dogs frequently in all our trips.

    Just another layer to the security.
     
  16. LisaTN

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    Beautifully said! We lived in Boston until three years ago and it's an amazing city... I agree that the word hype came across as insensative.

    Actually after Sandy Hook, I thought about that... how horrific it would be if something like that happened at Disney (although I can't imagine anything more horrific that Sandy Hook). I have to admit, I wouldn't mind metal detectors and bag carrosels. Most bag checkers at Disney (before monday anyway) just peaked in the bag... I can't imagine it wouldbe too difficult to hide a weapon.
     
  17. NYDisneyKid

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    They will come. maybe not today but they will
     
  18. Bullseye

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    Our Six Flags has metal detectors and it's really no big deal and doesn't cause huge backups. Just like the airports or the court buildings, if you beep they have you remove your watch or belt or whatever and have you walk through again. Or they take that wand and scan you up and down.

    Personally, I don't think it would be a bad thing at the parks. This country is too far gone as far as hand guns go. We are never going to be the UK, Japan, Australia, or Canada in that respect. They hold a lot of ammo and carrying a couple through in your cargo shorts wouldn't be difficult regardless of how many cameras or people are watching.
     
  19. PrincessJo

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    I don't doubt Disney has fabulous security. That being said, I would never rely on them alone to protect my family. I am always watching and aware of my surroundings. I always know who is standing next to my son, and after travelling through many airports, I always notice an unattended bag.

    Eyes and ears open everyone! :earsboy: Don't be afraid to speak up.
     
  20. Luvchefmic

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    There is always a deputy at the bag check area all 4 parks and water parks too,
    perhaps you haven't noticed them
     
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    This the best that all of us can do, everywhere we go
     

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