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Disneyland Resort To Move Security Screenings to Include Downtown Disney

Security checkpoints at the Disneyland Resort are moving to include Downtown Disney
Security checkpoints at the Disneyland Resort are moving to include Downtown Disney

From the OC Register:

ANAHEIM – Disney is moving one of its security checkpoints so that Downtown Disney is pulled inside its secured area.

The move was expected to be completed by year’s end.

“We are moving the location of our bag-check and metal detectors to the point where guests enter our property through Downtown Disney and the Mickey & Friends parking structure,” a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman said.

Guests would be checked as soon as they left the Mickey & Friends parking structure before boarding the tram toward Downtown Disney.

Two other checkpoints are set to be added: one of them will be between ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe and the other between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Officials said these would likely service guests coming from the hotels.

Officials hope the change will make it easier for guests: They could leave Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for Downtown Disney, a shopping and restaurant district, and return to one of the parks without going through a checkpoint for a second time.

Guests can already pass from one park to the other without going through a checkpoint.

The checkpoint on the east side of the parks, near the Harbor Boulevard entrance, is not moving for now.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • Does this mean the walkway from Mickey and Friends to the park entrances will be closed? How else would they stop someone from coming through there off the street unchecked.

    • With the change to the old HoB it looks like the walkway will be gone. If you want to walk from M&F you will have to do security then walk to DTD and get checked again by Rainforest and ESPNZone. But it might make it faster to get on the Monorail at DTD.

  • Silly. ALL for show and a PR feel good measure for the already law abiding citizens. Cast members, vendors not screened, as well as many holes in true security which were cut to save Disney expense.

  • I’m really glad that Disney is doing this. There have been issues in Downtown Disney in the past. And, it shows that Disney is taking our safety and security seriously. That’s why I don’t mind the increased number of digital cameras that are put around the parks. It’s worth it for the families and kids.