BREAKING: New Security Measures at Walt Disney World Hotels, “Do Not Disturb” Room Signs Being Removed

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Beginning with the three monorail resorts near the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort Hotels will no longer provide guests with “Do Not Disturb” signs to put on their doors. The signs will be replaced with “Room Occupied” signs that will notify cast members that guests are in the rooms. However, these guests will be “disturbed” at some point, as it will now be required that a Disney employee enter their hotel room at least once a day to ensure guest safety.

If you choose to forgo housekeeping on a given day, the Disney terms of service state that “the hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purposes including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checking on the safety and security of guests and property.” Disney states that cast members will give reasonable notice prior to entering by knocking and announcing that they will enter.

The popular theory is that this is a response to the incident that happened in Vegas earlier this year. The monorail resorts are quite tall and offer similar vantage points of crowded guest areas, as well as Walt Disney World transportation such as monorails, buses, and watercraft. Disney is not publicly stating why they are making the change though.

Guests at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary Resorts should find a paper in their rooms today noting the change. These changes are expected to roll out to other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in the coming weeks.

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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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    • According to the website CryoFreezer33(dot)blogspot(dot)com, the decision to remove “Do Not Disturb” signs was because the Dept. Homeland Security told Disney that there was a specific and highly credible terrorist threat from ISIS to bomb crowds inside the Magic Kingdom during the nightly fireworks show over New Year’s.

  • While at the Boardwalk Villas in October, we encountered Security in the hallway knocking on each door. The had two dogs on leashes. The eventually got to our room and knocked. When we answered they said they did not need to enter, thanked us and moved on. They didn’t give any explaination.

  • The best security is to stay home!

    The U.S. is on a path to fascism — on a long historical arch featuring authoritarian policies of Presidents Lincoln and Wilson. Anybody who thinks we’re not doing too badly in this country has not been flying on an airplane lately. That’s about as authoritarian-fascism as you can get. And now it’s spreading to hotels.

    • These companies forget or don’t care that we the people and our. Money make these companies what they are today. So if enough people boycott they could put a big hurting. On there pocketbook

  • All of the people here saying negative things are weird. The most scarry thing is that YOU people are roaming around the parks. No wonder security measures are being taken. Looks to me like a LOT of people have something to hide!

    • Right? Who cares about this? Who on earth is in a WDW resort room for an entire day, anyway? They’re not going to be entering rooms unless this Occupied sign is up for extended times. This will not even be noticed by 99.999% of guests. Do we really need to be outraged about EVERYTHING that everyone does??

      • We are at the Treehouses right now and you could not be more misinformed or ignorant, pal. They come every day, irrespective of how long the occupied sign is up or not. The security checks are a joke as we watched the process and very disruptive, but, then, that would not bother you, apparently. They knock at odd times, wake the napping kids, and if the door is not answered, they call incessantly. This policy is poorly thought out. They apparently do not inspect the giant SUVs (with blacked out windows as is common in Fla.) in the Treehouse parking areas. Why not?

        No, Matt, we get outraged by knee jerk CYA policies that are a net irritant rather than a safety precaution. Maybe be more informed before contributing silly guesses.

  • I would rather be safe then sorry. Who wants someone in the room next to them locked in their room with an arsenal of weapons? Not me!

    • False sense of security, Cathy. They are not searching under beds, in drawers or in closets. They can not ensure that there is no arsenal of weapons with these invasive “checks.”

      • Absolutely correct. They don’t even check the massive vehicles parked in the parking areas of the Treehouses. Very disruptive and poorly thought out. Will anger many seasoned DVC members.