PHOTO: Disney Castle, Magic Kingdom, Florida. (photo via Flickr/Mohammed Bably)
Officials from Walt Disney World Resort have announced changes to security procedures at the Magic Kingdom starting Monday.
According to WFTV.com, the main security checkpoint at Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be moved from the front gate of the theme park to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where guests will have to go through metal detectors before boarding the monorail or ferry.
Guests staying at hotels on the Disney property with access to the monorail circuit will have to go through separate security checkpoints before boarding. An additional checkpoint will also be installed to check bags of customers arriving at the park via bus.
The hope is that adding several additional security checkpoints at various locations will alleviate the massive lines usually found at the amusement park's main gate.
“As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the arrival experience for guests at the entrance to Magic Kingdom park, we have relocated some of our bag checks and metal detectors to the transportation and ticket center, and the monorail stations at Disney's Contemporary resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Village resort,” a Disney World spokesperson said in a statement.
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As Theme Park Insider reported, the changes mirror similar initiatives taken at the Disneyland Resort in California. By moving the security checkpoints closer to the main parking facility and adding multiple security locations, the park eased the overall load on personnel and reduced wait times.
The security checkpoint moves are also good news for guests who accidentally bring items to the park that are banned. Now, they will be able to return the items to their vehicles without having to take extra tram, monorail or ferry rides.