RUMOR: Magic Kingdom Security to be Restructured, Screening for Most Moving to TTC and Resort Hotels

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It seems as though Disney may be trying to create a better guest flow at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom by moving the security perimeter of the park further out.

If all goes according to rumored plans, guests parking at the Transportation and Ticket Center will go through security bag check and metal detectors after they exit the parking lot trams, but before the board any monorails or a ferryboat to the park. These guests will then be able to walk directly to the Magic Kingdom turnstiles (or touch points as the kids call them these days) once disembarking at the park’s monorail station or ferryboat dock.

Supposedly, this would lead to security screening areas being added at the various monorail platforms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Guests taking a bus or resort launch to the Magic Kingdom would still be screened just outside of the park at new checkpoints. Guests walking over from Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the small walkway between the hotel and the Magic Kingdom will also have their own checkpoint (which is already being done at select times of the day).

Disney has not yet made any comment about the changes, so they are simply in the realm of rumor for now. However, recent construction work being conducted at the Transportation and Ticket Center and at the Magic Kingdom park entrance are pointing towards the change. It is unknown when the changes would take place, if they ever do materialize.

What do you think? Would this be a positive change in your opinion?

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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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  • I know you can’t just take my word for it, but I can confirm this is true. I used to work at the TTC and have coordinator friends there who told me about this a few months ago!

    • Can also confirm.

      My sister’s mother’s brother’s aunt’s cousin’s dog walker’s nephew’s live in maid’s on/off boyfriend’s boss’ daughter’s yoga instructors’ drug dealer’s masseuse’s friend with benefit’s social media consulant’s Personal Shopper’s podiatrist’s rabbi’s golf instructor’s step-son stalks Tiffiany that works turnstiles and overheard security while he was being held awaiting OCSD.

  • This is how it already is at Universal. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel last year. When we took the boat to the park we went through security at the boat dock, and when we walked over the security screening was at the end of the walkway. Guests parking in the garages were screened at the exit of the garage. It spread the crowds out and made going through security so much easier than at Disney. We were very impressed.

  • How about just getting rid of metal detectors entirely. They only create a false sense of security for wimps who are afraid of going to public places. There’s also a word that describes these people. That word is “chicken” and nobody likes a chicken. Exhibit A: Marty McFly. If I ran Disney I’d get rid of the metal detectors under a new “Marty McFly” rule that would put honor and freedom before security.

    • “If I ran Disney” You know they just put out a job description for the CEO position, it says they are looking for an emotionally stunted loser who sits on his computer calling people “chicken” and doesn’t understand how metal detectors work. No experience in anything of value necessary, must have no friends and a delusion of his own self-worth.

      Sounds right up your alley!!

  • Most parks across the US have metal detectors as you either enter to purchase tickets or after tickets are purchased at the entrance to the park, it may slow things up briefly, but no more than bag checks! Follow the process and get stuff out of pockets and be ready, things go quick. Have done this at six flags for years before Disney implemented the process. Yes it is a bit inconvenient, but so is death and dismemberment.

  • 1) Where on the monorail platform will there be room for security checkpoints?? I can see lines into the resorts.
    2) What a pain it will be if you want to go from resort A to resort B for dinner, a monorail pub crawl, or just shopping. ..
    Will Disney add provisions for this?? Separate monorail entrance lines for the park, and non-park monorail entrance. Only certain “pre-screened” guest compartment doors of the monorail will open at the Kingdom.
    Hopefully this has been thought through!!!!!!

  • Disney needs a lesson in screening from Universal, plain and simple all bags get screened via a machine all people walk through metal detectors, the end. No random nonsense, no select person, everyone walks through.

    • Disney does not want to spend the money on stream lining things. They have billions in assets and millions to spend but prefer to use that money to make more billions. I can go on all day about how they can’t think out side the box or understand how much stress they put on the security people. I know these things because my nephew works in security and he says it’s run by idiots and politics.

  • They should follow Universal’s example and use metal detectors and X-ray machines to check bags. This old school method of going through every single bag by hand is tedious and time consuming. And they need to add many more lines. I’ve stood on longer security screening lines in Universal, but because their methods are more efficient, the lines move faster than they do at Disney.

  • I think that’s an excellent & common sense change….Next they need to start verifying handicap parking permits. Lots of unnecessary abuse there, making it very difficult for the people that truly need those spaces.

  • It’s not a rumor about the TTC security people are already being mandated to start in about two weeks. They don’t even know where they will park, take breaks and arrive for assignments yet. Problem is security is already thinned out due to turnover it’s a nightmare already trying to toss security people all over different parks and expect some stability. A good idea? Maybe but it’s being hastfully processed and poorly executed into place.