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Universal Studios, Disney, and SeaWorld Security Upgrades – Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors to Increase Safety


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If you’ve ever walked through the gates of your favorite theme parks in Florida or California, you will recall the intrusive bag search where, yes, all those pockets and zippers must be opened. It seems like a hassle, but the goal is to keep park patrons safe. Now, Universal Studios, Disney, and SeaWorld have all beefed up security with several upgrades, as the theme parks add metal detectors to increase safety.

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The entrances to parks in both states will now have a metal detector. Disney spokeswoman, Jacquee Wahler, explained, “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate.” In addition to the detectors, toy guns have been banned from the parks and even removed from their in-park stores.

Similarly, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder insisted, “We want our guests to feel safe when they come here. This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today’s world.”

While Universal and Disney are implementing walk-through detectors, SeaWorld’s employees will use wand metal detectors and continue bag checks.

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What do you think of the changes to Universal Studios, Disney, and SeaWorld security upgrades? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out all of Tourist Meets Traveler’s coverage on all things Disney and Universal Studios!

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    That is awesome! I am so happy to hear this since we visit all of these places regularly.

  2. jeanette says

    As much as I hate to see it I think it’s a necessary evil now. To protect our loved ones while we are having fun and parks so I think they’ve done a very good job.

  3. Liz Mays says

    The extra security is appreciated. I hope the queue times aren’t affected too much but what can you do?

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    I don’t mind if they increase the security measure for the park, if that’s what they have to do to keep everyone safe then why not. I really think this is good news.

  5. Travel Blogger says

    I think it is important to amp up security especially at crowded family destinations. We all just want our families to be safe.

  6. mya.k says

    I love felling safe in parks especially if I’m with my little sister because I want her to be safe wherever she is.

  7. Rosey says

    My mom told me about this too. I don’t mind the extra the extra security, whatever it takes I guess.

  8. Ashleigh says

    Taking steps to make people safe is the best bet. While I haven’t been to any of these parks I think it shouldn’t be an issue.

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