Back in December of 2015, all Orlando-area theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort dramatically increased security measures around each resort overnight, installing temporary metal detectors and mandatory bag search policies without warning. And while we’ve known for some time that these changes would likely be permanent, Disney is going to be changing its security procedures over the next few days at the most-attended theme park in the world that will hopefully make things a little more stress-free for guests.
1. Metal detectors are on the move
Though guests have gotten used to the security-related congestion at the front of the Magic Kingdom over the past year and a half, it looks like Disney would like to make entering this park a little bit easier in the near future by moving the majority of security checkpoints outside of the actual park.
Beginning next week, all guests entering Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom via the Ticket and Transportation Center will go through new, permanent bag check stations and metal detectors that are being installed at this location. This new security checkpoint will be located right after the tram stop, and guests will not be able to board the monorail or ferry boat to get to the park until they go through the screening area. And though that may be a bit of a hassle at first, once guests arrive at the park, they'll be able to proceed directly to the front gate so they can scan their MagicBands and walk right in.
The addition of this new Ticket and Transportation Center security checkpoint should free up a lot of the real estate in front of the Magic Kingdom, which has been very clogged since the enchanced security process was implemented. However, in order to ensure that everyone is screened prior to entering the Magic Kingdom, the addition of the Ticket and Transportation security checkpoint isn't the only change happening next week...
2. There will still be at least some security checkpoints at the Magic Kingdom
Though the vast majority of guests visiting the Magic Kingdom will be able to go through the security checks at the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney has confirmed that this park will still have some bag checks and metal detectors for visitors that arrive at this park by other means, including by bus and direct resort watercraft. However, these remaining security checkpoints will not be at the very front of the park, and will be centered around pick-up zones so as to cause minimal congestion at the front of the park (and prevent second screenings for guests entering from either the monorail or ferry boat).
3. Resorts on the monorail loop are getting their own security checkpoints
Finally, in an effort to ensure that all guests are screened prior to entering the Magic Kingdom, Disney will also be installing bag checks and metal detectors at the three hotels on the monorail loop: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and The Polynesian Village Resort. These new security checkpoints will be installed at each of the resort’s individual monorail stations, and while we haven't heard confirmation that they will be added next week (along with these other changes) they should be available for resort guests to use soon.