What can Walt Disney World's hotels do to help you feel safer?
What can hotels do to help you feel safer when you are visiting?
A few Walt Disney World hotels are getting rid of the traditional "Do Not Disturb" cards, replacing them with "Room Occupied" signs. Why? Because now Disney cast members will be required to enter your room to check on it and you once a day, whether you want Mousekeeping services or not. "Room Occupied" just lets the cast members know that you are in the room, so that they can be sensitive to your privacy... and their security.
The change has gone into effect at the three "monorail resorts": the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and the Contemporary. It is expected to spread to Disney's other hotels at some point.
Blame what happened in Las Vegas earlier this year. Disney — like many hoteliers in popular, high-profile tourist destinations — wants to ensure that it is not harboring anyone collecting an arsenal in his room. Or someone engaged in human trafficking, running a drug den, or spending the weekend at Bernie's, if you will. Part of maintaining hotel security these days lies in protecting visitors from other guests, as well as from outside threats.
But does that make your feel safer? It's one thing to have that sense of security that your hotel is checking on what other guests are doing in their rooms. You might feel something else, however, when the hotel is checking on you in your room.
Everyone wants their hotel to keep the pizza flyer scammers off property. (Read up on the Orlando hotel pizza delivery scam if you're not already familiar with it.) But most guests would be upset if they couldn't get an actual pizza delivered to their room if they wanted one. No one wants pickpockets and peddlers wandering through the lobby, but many Disney visitors also want to be able to walk through hotels where they aren't registered, perhaps to check it out for a potential future visit or just to take a break from visiting the parks.
The challenge for hotels is to balance the security that guests demand with the convenience, access and, yes, privacy that guests also want at the same time.
The fact is that the overwhelming majority of visitors to hotels in Disney's class never experience any type of security problem and complete their stay in perfect safety. But incidents where something does go wrong make people forget all about the many, many times when nothing did. That's why hotels must remain ever vigilant on safety and make changes when they see an opportunity to improve it.
So here is the question for you, the guest, that hotels are always considering: What can hotels do to help you feel safer?
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Theres no way to stop this from happening unless you do airport style security everywhere which will never happen. The best way to mitigate a possible lone wolf attack is to have well trained security (preferably armed) who are effectively present everywhere in the hotel at all times (this can be achieved by constant random patrols being performed in different locations throughout the day). They should interact with guests regularly (greet and ask if guests are enjoying their stay which both reassures the 99% good people but will provoke signs of deceit and nervous characteristics from a possible terrorist) and be trained in behavior detection and be visible constantly in the hotel to deter anyone thinking of performing an attack.
Surely others commenting here have not been to other world cities...such as Manila, for example. To enter major hotels in that city, entry through metal detectors (aka...airport style security) is a must...each and every time you enter. Whilst this may not practical at WDW, I have always been a form believer in the simple statement 'if you're going to be secure, practive a secure form of secuirty'. What WDW is doing for access to its theme parks is not such an activity. If everyone was scanned in metal detectors (instead of the "you've been randomly selected hit or miss currently practiced), then we'd be much closer to being secure.
Although I don't usually want to endorse Uber as I have a lot of problems with their business practices... for a traveller (particularly an international traever they are a godsend. Don't have to worry about driver or delivery issues for food or travel, I know my card (or PayPal) will be accepted, and if there is some attempt to run the "Scenic route" scam, I can get that checked easy.
Or setting up a meth lab while on hold with Disney (if you get the reference). Things not to say accidentally or sarcasm.
Dan. is correct. Having an hourly cast member, knock on the door in not going to do anything to prevent a las vegas situation. The evil doer would have to be a complete idiot, to keep the contraband, outside of their closed suitcases. The hourly cast member, is not going to see anything, unless they enter without knocking.
No...just no. The whole reason I put out the "do not disturb" sign is because I don't want anyone else in my room, EVER, during my hotel stay. It's a habit I got into when I traveled with my dog and waived housekeeping during our stay so no maid would have a heart attack walking in on a 180 lb puppy :-). But now I do it whenever I travel -- I don't need new sheets or towels during a 3 or 4 night stay, and I don't want anyone coming in and rearranging my stuff.
I always feel fairly safe on Disney hotel property however I feel there’s a week spot on the Disney transport as you don’t have to show any ID to get on the buses to go to the resort but you do when driving back into resort meaning anyone can get on to hotel property
It's a good idea. If something were to happen like a vegas style attack then everyone would be complaining that Disney should have prepared. You will most likely be in the parks when they come to your room anyway.
Disney can't but the Government can. Ban firearms. Simple!
"Disney can't but the Government can. Ban firearms. Simple!"
I stay at near by Reunion Resort and they have report it,
I’ve worked for a major hotel company for almost 30years now. Our policy has always (for at least the last 30 years) been to enter Do Not Disturb rooms every 3 days. This action is known as a Welfare Check, and is in place to find guests who may have passed away while alone in their room. It happens a lot more often than you might think. We’ve found a few meth labs along the way too, so these checks really are in the best interest of everyone’s safety. No one moves your things around or touches your stuff. It is a welfare check, not a cleaning. Given today’s environment, moving to a daily check might be a good idea. Will it stop everyone? No - but if it stopped even one plot it would be well worth it. Seems like some folks might have a false sense of security. Just because you have no bad intentions doesn’t mean the stranger next door is the same....
How can they make me feel safe? Stay out of my bleepin' room!
Lower prices for florida residents!
I see this as being a potential problem in regards to privacy. Why would you want random employees checking in your room every day and snooping around. I fear this is going to cause way more harm than good. If you thought the magic bands were an invasion of privacy, this one tops the cake!
Wow. This is not a good thing in my opinion. I hate giving up privacy in the name of false security. I will be staying elsewhere.
On this, it looks like Disney is headed in the wrong direction. No one in their right mind is going to stay anyplace where the "help" can simply invade your privacy. This is not a well thought out reaction.
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