Published: August 11, 2006 at 11:09 AMI am not worried about Orlando too much. I think Vegas and DC are more or a target.
Published: August 11, 2006 at 3:59 PM*sigh*Once again the media has an "are-theme-parks-safe?" article. And this time an actual site dedicated to theme parks. How disappointing.
Published: August 11, 2006 at 5:20 PMI don't know about other Theme Parks, but Disneyland does a poor job at checking bags. Six Flags doesn't do a great job either. :Sure Six Flags has metal detectors, but it's easy to slip or sneaking something non-metalic, that's dangerous to the parks in a pockert or bag. Universal missed a few people with backpacks, cause they were not paying attention.
BUT, I think a Theme Park attack is too predictable. I don't know, I'm sure it will bother some people, and change their minds, but it isn't changing my views on family vacations, or traveling to Theme Parks.
I think Brian is correct though. They would most likely go for DC, New York, Vegas, or California before a theme park in Florida, or specific others.
Published: August 11, 2006 at 7:39 PMBeat ya Erik
Published: August 11, 2006 at 10:49 PMI don't think we can or even should try to guess where terrorists will strike next. Seattle had been a target at one time and wasn't Disney World a target in the past? I think it's sad when we have to worry about things like this, but this is what we must do for our freedom. We live in a world so far advanced technologically that we can't ever be sure we are safe. And the rest of the world doesn't always agree with our beliefs, unfortunately, terrorists think nothing of murdering us and themselves because they disagree with us. I'm sorry to have to agree with Brian, but I think racial profiling may be a good idea. When you see these terrorists beeing arrested or in their videos to the world, I don't see any blue-eyed blondes! But I also don't mind being searched just to be a little safer. And to keep my family safe on vacation, there's nothing I wouldn't do.
Published: August 12, 2006 at 4:01 AMWe live in a free society where people can move around as they wish. There is no greater society in the world. The main drawback is that living in a society such as ours opens us up for attacks like these. There's only one way to give that up and that's to give up our freedom. People who are willing to give up freedom for security deserve and usally get neither.
Published: August 14, 2006 at 9:30 AMIf terrorists really want to target Disney I don't think there's any way to stop them. Fanatics are just that because they place a low value on human life and are not only willing, but eager to give up there own for their cause.
Forget Gatorade & toothpaste. They don't do body searches at theme parks so it would be a simple matter for a terrorist to carry explosives on their person. They only check bags and even have a line you can go on if you don't have a bag to search - imagine that.
Believe me, I'm fairly certain that even if theme park execs spring for beefing up security, the terrorists of today could still pull a fast one on security guards if they wanted to, don't you agree? Oh, it would look great in the media, "Disney steps up security promising a safer vacation for you and your family." They'd love to use that to justify the 50% inflated cost of a ticket.
Extreme measures take extreme dollars. I'm not willing to pay an exorbitant rise in ticket prices to see the mouse just to ensure that the family of five riding Space Mountain next to me didn't bring a sports drink and a tube of toothpaste into the park with them while there were no measures taken to ensure that the group of five without any bags to check weren't under even more suspicion than them.
Published: August 14, 2006 at 11:03 AMI think that SAFE is a relative term. If some one is ready to give his/her life to take yours, there is really little that can be done to stop them. That being said, Doing little things like checking bags, having guests pass through detectors and just being more aware of what is going on around you when in large venues like ball parks, concerts, planes and trains, etc can go a long way towards making us all feel a little safer.