Disney installs metal detectors at central Fla. theme parks
Move comes after attacks in Paris, California
ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World has installed metal detectors outside all four of its theme parks as part of its increase in security, the company announced Thursday.
“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” Disney said in a statement.
Visitors will be randomly selected to go through the metal detectors, but it's not known how long they will be used at the parks.
SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando will also begin using metal detectors.
"The safety of our guests and team members, along with the welfare of our animals, has always been our top priority," SeaWorld said in a statement. "Like other major attractions and venues, we continually evaluate our existing comprehensive security plans. We are enhancing security measures for the busy holiday season, including increased security presence both inside and outside the parks. Guests entering SeaWorld Orlando can also expect thorough bag checks as well as wand metal detector checks."
Universal also released a statement to News 6 saying they have begun testing metal detection at its parks.
"We want our guests to feel safe when they come here," said Tom Schroder, vice president of communications at Universal. "We've long used metal detection for special events, such as Halloween Horror Nights. This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today's world. "
Security has been a major concern following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. A man was arrested last week at Magic Kingdom after he was found trying to take a gun into the park, officials said.
There's been an increased presence of uniformed law enforcement at Disney's parks, and specially trained dogs are patrolling key areas.
In addition, Disney is also halting the sale of toy guns and no longer allowing people older than 14 to wear costumes.
There will also be a metal detector at the Disney Springs movie theater Thursday night for the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
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