Looking to Avoid Extra Security Screening at Disney World? Do This!

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Last year, Walt Disney World took another step “into the future” and implemented a new contactless security system at all four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — as well as at Disney Springs.

Guests no longer have to come into close proximity with Disney World Security Cast Members or go through manual bag checks. Instead, Guests just simply walk through a contactless security scanner, with their bags on them.

Not only does this new system increase overall efficiency in security lines, but it also helps to ensure that Disney’s strict health and safety protocols are met, which were implemented when the Parks reopened in July after closing temporarily due to the ongoing pandemic.

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But sometimes, certain items within Guests’ bags set off the body scanner, which can lead to frustration as well as added time into the day as then that Guests’ bag must go through an additional screening process.

If you are looking to avoid the additional screening process, you will want to take certain items out of your bag prior to walking through the scanner. There are some obvious items, such as laptops and cameras, but there are also some items that people may not realize is setting off the scanner — such as glasses cases or umbrellas.

Here is a list of items that I, personally, have been told set off the security sensors at the theme parks:

  • Glasses cases
  • Cameras
  • Umbrellas
  • Laptops
  • Portable battery charges
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The one item that a lot of Disney World Guests do not know will set off the sensor is glasses cases! To avoid setting off the sensor, and being pulled off to the side for additional screening, take these items out of your bag if you have any and hold them directly in front of you. This will allow the security officers to see exactly what set off the sensor and you can avoid being sent to additional screening, making the security process easier and quicker!

Guests should also make sure to not bring in any of Disney World’s prohibited items, including drugs, firearms, knives, weapons of any kind, fireworks, horns or whistles, etc. Disney reserves the right to not allow any bag, item, etc. as they consider appropriate or inappropriate.

For a full set of all the rules and regulations at Disney World specifically, click here for the official details.

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Did you know these items set off the body scanner at Disney World security? What other items have you found to set off the scanner? Let us know in the comments below.

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