On December 4th, security guards at the Magic Kingdom caught a 36-year-old man attempting to bring a gun into the parks. He apparently had a concealed-carry license for a gun but it had expired 10 years earlier.
Due to this incident and the growing concern around the world due to terrorist threats, Walt Disney World began installing metal detectors at the entrance to the parks today, December 17th. It is unclear if this is a temporary placement due to record-breaking crowds expected this Christmas season (mainly due to the ending of the Osborne Lights and the release of the new Star Wars movie) or if this will be a permanent fixture. Rumors are flying that entering Disney Parks will now be like going through security at the airport although I am hearing that only a sampling of guests will be sent through the metal detectors.
Disney World is also discontinuing the sale of toy guns and pulling them off their shelves today including Buzz Lightyear themed toy guns. I imagine they will also pull the bubble guns which has always been a favorite for my 8-year-0ld son.
Those 14 and older have also been banned from wearing costumes into the park (which has always been somewhat of rule) but I am also hearing that it will include the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I will wait to announce that as fact when Disney states it as so.
Disney has released this statement:
“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate.”
You can read the full article at Orlando Sentinel.