Disney prepares to change its security check at the Magic Kingdom
The Walt Disney World Resort will move its main Magic Kingdom bag check from the park's front gate to the Transportation and Ticket Center, starting Monday.
The change will mean that visitors to the world's largest theme park will have their bag examined by Disney security and go through metal detectors before boarding the monorail or ferry across the Seven Seas Lagoon to the Magic Kingdom. Since that effectively puts the monorail circuit inside the Magic Kingdom's secure zone, guests at the three monorail resorts — the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian — will go through separate bag checks before boarding the monorail at their resort. Another bag check will screen visitors arriving at the Magic Kingdom by bus.
That should take a significant number of people out of the mix for the security check at the TTC when compared with the current checkpoint, which screens all Magic Kingdom guests. Spreading the load should help reduce wait times to clear security, especially for guests staying at one of the three high-priced monorail resorts.
The change recalls the recent move of the security checkpoints at the Disneyland Resort in California. There, Disney also moved the main checkpoint away from the front gate toward the main parking facility for the resort. That had the effect of putting the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district within the secure zone. So guests of the three on-site Disneyland Resort hotels also now are directed to other, less crowded checkpoints. And with people not having to back through security when they visit Downtown Disney, the overall load on the checkpoint is reduced.
Also, in both resorts, moving the checkpoints closer to the parking allows guests who are found with selfie sticks, costumes, or other stuff that they're not allowed to bring into the Disney parks to return them to their vehicles without having to take a couple extra tram, monorail or ferry rides in addition to going through the security line again.
Thats a great idea, especially for days when there are queues for the monorail. Might as well queue whilst queueing
How does this work if people walk from the Contemporary to the Magic Kingdom as they are currently encouraged to do?
I'm sure they will get checked where the guests arriving by bus will be screened.
@David Brown: I'd presume they may eliminate the option entirely- or just use some existing security?
Read an article that there will still be a scaled down check point at the front of the park for guests who are coming from bus and boat transportation from the hotels. I assume pedestrians will use the same check point.
Wow, Disney doing something logical for a change. The front of Magic Kingdom has been a cluster for the past few years.
Contemporary has already had a security point for the walking trail.
I am glad to see this happen, the last time I went to MK a couple of weeks ago, the bag check lines were crazy with everyone crammed into one small area which would not have been good had someone decided to try something.
Guests arriving via resort boats will be screened at the end of the dock. I read this in an article on another Disney-centric website. (Apologies. I searched my browser history, but couldn't locate it to provide the source.)
What about the Monorail to Epcot? Will guests going to Epcot from the Ticket and Transportation center not have a bag check? If they do, how do they avoid duplicate bags checks later at Epcot? I think they should do bag checks at Ticket and Transportation and have Monorail guests arriving at Epcot have a path to bypass by going up the center of the Epcot entrance. There were bag checks on both sides of the monorail building at Epcot during the week in March we went and parked in the lot since we were leaving that day.
thats all fine and dandy but what about people that use canes or walkers or crutches to walk with, you know the HANDICAPPED, VETERANS etc??
Do we know what's happening with the resort launch boats?
We all know that it's still security theater.
What is about Guest that have NOT a Car and not know the Policys against Costums andd Selfish Sticks?
Anyone know if there will still be a "no bag" entry point ?
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