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AoA and locking doors

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by gwtw428, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. gwtw428

    gwtw428 Member

    Does anyone know if they have added additional locks on the main entrance door to the suites at art of animation? Thinking about staying here but nervous about being in a separate bedroom from the kids. My six year old is tall enough to unlock the security latch and open the door.
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  3. gwtw428

    gwtw428 Member

    Anyone? :)
  4. Bob NC

    Bob NC DIS Veteran<br><font color="red">I am a trained pr

    If your son can open all the standard hotel room door locks, just what type of additional lock are you thinking of?
  5. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Average Banjo Picker. Fairly Good Sailing Master.

    1) There are no positive or child-proof locks.
    2) They are declared unsafe in an emergency.
    . . . children could not get out
    . . . adults could get confused and not open the door(s)
    3) There is just the door knob lock and the metal security latch (about chest-high on an adult).
  6. jenrose66

    jenrose66 Mouseketeer

    When you are walking into the individual buildings they can be locked. There is a place for you to swipe your room key to gain entry...however, when we were there in August I didn't notice a time when the locks were actually activated. So in theory there is an extra buffer to keep non guests from the interior hallways, but that wouldn't keep your son from exiting the building.

    IMGONNABE40! <font color=green>Okay, I already am 40, but if I

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  8. Marthasor

    Marthasor Mouseketeer

    I understand your concern. You could have your six year old sleep in the main bedroom and you could sleep on the bed that pulls down from the wall. That bed is right by the door, so you would most likely hear him if he got up in the middle of the night and tried to open the main door. Might not be as comfortable for you, but would give you peace of mind.
  9. Xclusive2WDW

    Xclusive2WDW Member

    It took me a second to understand what you meant. . .
    If you leave your room door cracked open I believe (at least from the pics) you would be looking directly at the murphy bed/ dining area. I would suggest putting something like a noise maker on the door (a cat collar with bells, a toy hanging from the door, a piece of heavy luggage blocking the door, ect. . .). That way if you hear your little one sneaking out you can hear and see him. :thumbsup2
    You could also sleep on the murphy bed yourself and he sleep in the room. I'm sure the latch and a noise maker will be enough to alert you though. Enjoy your stay!!!pixiedust:
  10. disneydreamfan14

    disneydreamfan14 See Ya Real Soon!

    The only locks are the actual door lock and the latch. I would keep your bedroom door cracked open to hear for any unwanted movement, and maybe put a suitcase infront of the door. If you still don't feel comfortable, put a noisemaker on the doorknob.
  11. lovingeire

    lovingeire Mouseketeer

    Could you bring one of the child proof things youmputmover the door? My two year old can open most doors and locks so I've debated traveling with them.
  12. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Does your son have a particular medical/behavioral problem which is causing you to be so concerned about this? Our children were simply told to leave the latches alone and not to open the door without permission. :confused3

    I agree that if you can't trust your son to obey, then a simple noisemaker on the door knob should serve as adequate warning for you.
  13. Mom2six

    Mom2six Mouseketeer

    You can see the murphy bed from your bed in the main bedroom. I agree that a good solution is to hang something from the door handle, and leave the bedroom door open. At this time of the year, it is really easy to find jingle bells or other Christmas decorations for door knobs that have bells. Plus, you can keep them on the door all the time you are in the room which will give you some peace of mind when you are changing etc.

    Also, the murphy bed is actually quite comfortable if you end up feeling more secure sleeping there by the door.
  14. NJRRK

    NJRRK Mouseketeer

  15. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    And that sort of thing works at, say, 2am when a child in an unfamiliar place is looking for an unfamiliar bathroom? Or gets scared and is trying to find family members?

    Considering I've known *adults* to end up in rooms they didn't intend to be in, when extremely tired and in a new place, I think it's pretty odd to think that one's disciplinary skills will translate to a nearly sleepwalking person.

    OP, I feel for you! We had a traditional family bedroom for many years, and it was quite a transition when DS started sleeping in his own room. The thought of him getting up in the middle of the night and maybe going out the main door of our condo instead of coming into the big bedroom to find us was simply terrifying for a good while. On vacation he has started to sleep on the pullout bed at times without a problem, but I still get nervous if I think about it. I have NO clue how my mom survived with her in the back of our house and my brother and I in the front, right near the front door...no idea! Nervewracking.

    I wish you luck!
  16. ronandannette

    ronandannette Mouseketeer

    Did either of you (as young children, not counting any possible teenage escapades ;)) ever get up and leave the house? I second the PP that enquired about there being some reason that this might be a problem for this particular child. If not then I suspect the question is motivated by the nebulous "mom anxiety" so many of us have over the million & one threats that could possibly harm our children but almost certainly never will. If this is a "real thing" in this family I think the idea of mom & dad sleeping in the front room is a good one.
  17. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    This says more about the parent's anxieties than it does about the proclivities of the child. If you're that anxious of a child not just opening a door, but undoing a safety latch in their 'near sleepwalking' state while trying to find a bathroom, then by all means do what you need to do. But what is the reality?I haven't heard of any children aimlessly wandering around resorts in the middle of the night. But maybe I just haven't been paying attention.

    Leave a nightlight on it the bathroom. This will provide the necessary visual cues for any child in a strange environment. Heck, we do this ourselves so DH doesn't have to stumble over suitcases during his wee hours of the night visits to the bathroom (pun intended).

    Unless this child is 'special needs' this is all molehills and mountains.
  18. aaarcher86

    aaarcher86 DIS Veteran

    Why does it matter why the op wants to know and/or how anyone else parents their children? I know it's CRAZY that a child just wouldn't listen among any other things that could be going on, and that a parent would rather be pro-active in their planning. Good gravy. Answer the question and move along. No one should have to present every detail of their lives, their children, parenting styles, or individual concerns to get a question like this answered.

    OP - I second the bells on the door, leaving a light on in the area for bathroom access, and even sleeping on the pull down if you're really worried about him unlocking the latch and leaving.
  19. tiki23

    tiki23 <font color=darkorchid>Able to leap a double strol


    Though I'm sure that someone is just itching to follow up with "when you post something on an open forum, you'll get replies you don't like" or some other such blah-blah. :rolleyes:
  20. Xclusive2WDW

    Xclusive2WDW Member

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Both of these!!! OP, the details you gave to everyone here were fine! I hope we have answered your question, everyone else can sit in their speculation. When your on an open forum the pendulum swings both ways, you may get answers you don't like, but you also may not get answers to some things (especially if they are personal and none of our business). I just don't think a parent or their child needs a label of "overly concerned", "special needs", "overly mischievous" or the like to have a question answered. Just MHO, not trying to be mean to anyone else.
  21. LisaBi

    LisaBi Mouseketeer

    Sorry....OT....just have to say I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who is always hitting the "m" or "n" key instead of the space bar!

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