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Starting today, December 17, 2015, Disneyland has made some changes to their security rules. The biggest change is metal detectors at the front entrance bag check locations. Guests will be randomly selected to go through the metal detectors and waved with the detector wand. To be honest, I am surprised metal detectors were not installed a long time ago, and I would actually prefer if every guest went through the detector. I don’t want to live my life as an alarmist, but the reality is theme parks are high profile targets and I would rather be safe than sorry.
Guests inside the parks may also notice more of Pluto’s friends than usual … apparently Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will occasionally roam the park with bomb-sniffing dogs, just as a precaution. So if you notice these dogs, don’t try to distract them. They are Cast Members at work!
Guests over the age of 14 are prohibited from wearing costumes, including masks. I feel like this rule was already in place (adults are not allowed to wear costumes, ballgowns, etc.) but perhaps it will be enforced more strictly. There has been no word on how this could affect events like RunDisney races, or unofficial events like Dapper Day or DisneyBounding, but it apparently does apply to Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Finally, Disneyland and Walt Disney World has stopped the sales of toy guns, and guests are no longer allowed to bring in any toy that resembles a gun. The official rules have been changed to include “toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.” So this includes Buzz Lightyear blasters, Star Wars blasters, and bubble guns. Anything that looks like it could be a gun or used as a gun is prohibited.
Some of these new security rules could affect weddings taking place at the Disneyland Resort. I know some couples ask their wedding party or guests to dress up in costume, and I have seen some costumed rehearsals. I also went to a wedding recently where guests activated bubble guns as the couple walked back up the aisle.
The rules apply not only to the parks, but to the entire Resort including Downtown Disney and the three Disney hotels, so it’s very possible these rules will apply to weddings taking place at the Resort as well. I am hoping that perhaps since weddings and events are more of a controlled environment so exceptions could be made, but at this point I would err on the side of caution and say adult costumes and bubble guns will no longer be allowed at weddings.
How do you feel about the new Disneyland Resort security measures?