Disney testing metal detectors at Orlando parks

Posted Friday, May 21, 2004 8:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World may be the first of Orlando's theme-park giants to experiment with using metal detectors on a daily basis, but it wouldn't be the first big amusement-park company to install the machines as a security precaution.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Friday, May 21, 2004 8:43 AM
Jeff's avatar I think the "expert" is wrong. I don't think metal detectors do anything the way they're used at theme parks. Certainly the people checking your bags inside the gate at Disney parks, and the visible security do more to deter crime than anything else.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004 10:16 PM
To me, walking through those chunky black things at Six Flags parks is one of the most depressing things I've ever done. It didn't make me feel safe, it made me feel much much less safe, I mean, it made me ask the question, "What kinds of people do they expect if they need these?"

I feel perfectly safe walking through Disney's doors with just bag inspections, and the security guards throughout (who have a little more going for them in the "age department" than say those at Six Flags).

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Monday, May 24, 2004 4:54 PM
I don't. Most of the people doing the checks don't do that great of a job from my experience. It would be so easy to smuggle something in places they don't even check like under a hat or in a pocket. And even in the bags themselves, since like I said, they don't do all that great of a job. Rare is the time when someone througly checks. Not that I totally blame them. It must get real tedious looking through bags time and time again. And they are trying to move a lot of people thought. This is why I think having the metal detectors would probably be better then not having them. I don't think they would deter anyone from going there and they just might help catch something missed.
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