What I found really ironic was that after shutting down the entrance for hours, to move the crowds through the security checkpoints the bag checks seemed even more cursory than usual. They were barely taking a glance at bags as they waved people through as fast as possible (no doubt to ease the line that stretched all the way back to the far end of World of Disney.
Disney security also seems inconsistent. There have been times when I've had no bags that I've been waved right through without stopping. However at a later time I tried walking through with no bags and the screener held me there. I had no bags to check so we just stood there for about 30 seconds with the guy looking at his watch, then he finally allowed me through. Really weird...
There was another time when a black duffel bag was found abandoned under the Critter Country railroad bridge. Security kept about a 20 foot perimeter around the package. So a package that could very well be a bomb placed under a BRIDGE gets a few feet of breathing room but otherwise business as usual, but a pipe in a tree shuts down two parks for hours? I just don't get it.
The nice thing was, we were planning to have breakfast at Tangaroa Terrace anyway. We enjoyed a peaceful meal on the patio in beautiful weather overlooking the pool, and entered the park later after the chaos eased. That worked out very nicely.
Would it bother me if there was more extensive security checks, such as metal detectors? No, but that is only because I have nothing to hide or worry about. Granted it would take longer getting into the park, but it would just be something you would have to plan into your vacation. Of course, as history has proven: if you really want to get a weapon in a place there is always a way to do so without detection.
This event highlights the ridiculous handling of many so called security events. Talk about being overly cautious. Too much so.
Someone who may target the park, hopefully not, will easily circumvent a bag check. It's moronic to impose bag checks and you have to be fool to believe that you're safe because of them.
The real securing of the parks is done behind the scenes in conjunction with local and federal law enforcement.
For the record Amanda, metal detectors are a complete waste of time. Unless they're going to install x-ray machines for all bags, then metal detectors are POINTLESS.