Disneyland to move security check outside Downtown Disney
Disneyland is changing its security checkpoints. The resort will move its westside checkpoint
to put almost all of Downtown Disney inside the secured zone, the Orange County Register reports.
Currently, Disneyland has two main checkpoints, one on either side of the esplanade separating the two theme parks. The eastside checkpoint, the one nearest Harbor Blvd., will remain in place for now, though it eventually will move east of Harbor, once Disneyland completes its next parking garage.
On the other side of the esplanade, Disney by the end of this year will push the security checkpoint back to the ESPN Zone, bringing Downtown Disney within the secured area. With that, visitors can come and go to Downtown Disney as well as the two theme parks without having to go back through the security check.
That should help reduce the wait times at the checkpoints later in the day, especially when the after-work and after-school crowds of annual passholders descent upon the parks. Since the tram drop-off is located within what will be the newly expanded secure zone, Disney will create a new checkpoint at the tram loading area outside the Mickey and Friends parking structure.
What the Register story doesn't address is... what about people who choose to walk from Mickey and Friends to the park? And what about people staying in the Grand Californian who head to the park via the hotel entrance into Downtown Disney, next to Sephora? Disney would need to add security checks at those points, in addition to the ones at Mickey and Friends and the ESPN Zone.
Assuming Disneyland does that, people entering Disneyland from the west will go through one of five checkpoints, instead of the current one: at Mickey and Friends for people parking there and riding the tram, on the access walkway for people walking from Mickey and Friends, one at the ESPN Zone for people in the Downtown Disney parking lot, another at ESPN for people walking over from the Disneyland Hotel, and one at the Grand California. (That's in addition to the current checkpoint at the Grand Californian for people entering Disney California Adventure.) The change also would bring the Downtown Disney monorail station inside the secure zone, so there would no longer need to be a bag check there.
The new checkpoint at Mickey and Friends likely would be the big one, though, although it should see a more even distribution of people, rather than the surges hitting the current checkpoint when trams arrive. But Disney will need the other four checkpoints on the west side of the resort to take a lot of the pressure off the Mickey and Friends checkpoint, because there's not enough space at the Mickey and Friends tram loading area to handle people coming off the trams plus anywhere near the current length of lines waiting at the existing checkpoint during a busy Friday afternoon rush.
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This is great news. Now I can go see a movie in Downtown Disney and not worry about a nut with a gun shooting the place up.
I suppose they will eventually institute mandatory metal detectors for everyone entering the park, like at Six Flags.
I'm not surprised as I've expected something like this to be coming for a while. Overall, this may create more congestion at the tram boarding area but should result in a more efficient experience getting into the parks (particularly if flow through the checkpoint is matched to what the trams can handle). I do hope Disney takes this opportunity to reconfigure the checkpoint to force all guests through a metal detector (or just removes the detectors completely...the current setup is faulty) AND adds a no bag line to the main entry points on the west side.
A couple of the access points will likely have to be limited to guests of the Grand Californian but its not a big deal for most visitors. As far as the people being able to walk from Mickey & Friends along Disneyland Drive. Remember that a new hotel is going to start construction soon so that sidewalk might not even be an option in the near future. As to the concerns about a jam-up at the future checkpoint at Mickey & Friends. They are in the process right now of reconfiguring the tram route. They are creating a new opening in the garage and a good part of the Pinocchio parking lot (adjacent to the garage) is going to used so there will be more than enough room.
When will Disney address the lack of elevators at the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Two elevators isn't enough. They can partially solve the elevator problem by having exit ramps for levels 2 and 3. Getting on the tram at Mickey and Friends is already a huge problem. The congestion can only get worse with a security checkpoint. The tram route itself seems like a slow moving snail. Doubling and back creates a longer route. Shave a few seconds by having the tram stop at the road entrance.
I have to commend Disney for their thorough security checkpoints. I was at USH yesterday and I had a large tote with lots of small zipper bags inside - phone chargers, earbuds, etc. The Security Officer looked in my tote and said 'ok'. At Disney, they have me open each zippered bag and/or pocket; which I gladly do. Yikes!
I always choose to walk from parking lot into resort normally walk in to Grand California into DCA thru middle esplanade into DLR to avoid security check point at Downtown Disney. I believe it would be illegal to check people at the entrance of a hotel as a hotel guest, what I do know is that DCA already has a security check point from Grand Californian into DCA which is proper entry way into park from hotel anyway. All these security check points surely give us a sense of safety but it's extremely taking away from our rights to freedom liberty & justice for all..
This must explain all the work currently happening at the Mickey & Friends tram loading area. To my eyes it looks like it's being widened/expanded into the Pinocchio parking area where the tour buses park, to allow more space for the security checkpoint going in there.
This must explain all the work currently underway at the Mickey & Friends tram loading area. To my eyes it looks like the tram route and loading area are being widened into the adjacent Pinocchio parking area (where the tour buses park) to accommodate the new security checkpoint going in there.
Tony. Guns are not the problem, people and our devolving culture are. If someone truly wants to do harm they will find a way. There are plastic knives and bombs that will easily pass through a metal detector. And heck if someone was fully armed it wouldn't take them long to dispatch the unarmed security workers and enter the secured areas. Gun laws only punish law abiding citizens who ironically might actually save your life if an attack was happening. Or they can just get us in the parking lot or hotels before we pass through security. These security apparatus only exist to make you feel safe so that their businesses are not affected. But it is only an illusion. You are better off arming and equipping yourself for the unthinkable.
OK, let's talk about the locals (I live in Anaheim)....I think this will add one more thing to have them not visit Downtown Disney, you have the parking issues, as many folks are being sent to the Simba lot next to the Paradise Pier Hotel currently. The lot is a paid lot, yes there is some free and validation periods, but it seems like most folks do end up paying something to park. And then the issues of the heavy traffic to get to the parking lot, and not even knowing where you will be parking (North or south of DtD). Now add to that a possible longer walk to a security area.
Thanks to Mr. NRA above, for giving nasty people ideas! Much appreciated!
Only in 2016 America can a conversation about moving the security gates at Disneyland become a full on debate about gun rights & violence. Weird.
“Empire of Mouse” says the inclusion of Downtown Disney in the security area will create massive security breaches that Disney cannot adequately address by the end of the year.
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