Disney World's New Safety Measures Include No Toy Guns & Costume Restrictions

Disney WorldThe next time you plan on going to see Mickey Mouse and his crew, things will likely be a little different. In efforts to help keep patrons safe, Walt Disney World has added metal detectors to its theme parks. Sea World and Universal Orlando are also taking more preventative measures by using wand-style metal detectors.


While officials have yet to confirm if these steps were coordinated, a spokesman for Universal claims Walt Disney World's actions aren't in response to any particular threats -- even though Homeland Security released a bulletin on December 16, with concerns extremists might target "public events or places."

So far, news of Walt Disney World using metal detectors at their front gates hasn't sparked a ton of controversy. Given the horrific events in San Bernardino, California, and Paris, it was only a matter of time before popular destinations, like Disney World, would step up security.

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What has made many heads turn, however, is the decision to no longer sell toy guns inside of parks, and also ban anyone, age 14 or older, from wearing costumes -- including Halloween.

I can understand not wanting to sell toy guns anymore, but no costumes for teenagers and adults? That one is very ... specific.

Does this mean those who want to dress up as their favorite Disney princess (you know, to match younger kids -- or live out an Elsa fantasy for a day) will get turned away? Is the fear more so about a masked individual, or anyone who enjoys costume play? Man, the timing really sucks for people looking to dress up as Darth Vader or a stormtrooper.

It's sad that we live in a world where such precautions are needed, but here we are.




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