Disney World Reimagines Security for the Future

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things about the Walt Disney World Resort experience. For example, Guests are now required to wait in socially distanced queues, wear Disney-approved face coverings, and only greet iconic Disney Parks characters from a distance.

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While some of these changes to the Disney World Guest experience have taken some getting used to, other new features are actually quite exciting.

The new contactless security system, which has now been implemented at Disney Springs and all four Disney World theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — certainly screams “the future is now.”

No longer do Guests have to come into close proximity with Disney World Security Cast Members or go through manual bag checks. This not only increases overall efficiency in security lines, but ensures that Disney’s strict health and safety protocols are met.

Here, we see the new security system at EPCOT. Note how the Cast Member is staying distanced from Guests as they enter the theme park.

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This photo shows the new security scanners at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The contactless system can be used in all weather conditions, which is beneficial in central Florida.

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We also spotted the security system at Magic Kingdom:

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Credit: ITM Kelly Coffey
WDW security
Credit: ITM Kelly Coffey

These scanners are also being used at Disney’s Contemporary Resort before Guests board the Monorail:

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Credit: ITM Kelly Coffey
WDW security
Credit: ITM Kelly Coffey

Finally, we have a photo of the security scanning system at Disney’s Hollywood Studios wrapped up for the evening as Guests exit the Disney Park.

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The new scanners have also been installed at the Transportation and Ticket Center (AKA TTC). The fact that Disney Parks officials have deigned to put these new scanners in throughout Walt Disney World Resort property indicates that they will be used for the long-haul, not just during the pandemic.

We think this is an excellent upgrade to Disney’s overall theme park security process.

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