Disney World installs security barricades to protect parks

Posted Monday, May 17, 2004 8:10 AM | Contributed by supermandl

High-security, anti-terrorist barricades that can stop speeding trucks have been installed at Walt Disney World, an added level of protection of the theme parks' service entrances. Disney is not responding to any specific threats, choosing instead to make the upgrades as part of continually evolving security policies.

Read more from AP via The Monterey Herald.

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Monday, May 17, 2004 8:13 AM
DawgByte II's avatar Well, Disney has been noted a number of times in the news as a target of terrorist activity, if they were to strike anywhere... so it makes sense in a way.

But... in no way would I want that at any other "normal" theme park including the likes of Cedar Po!nt, a Six Flags park, Paramount... etc etc. It would just make me feel really uncomfortable. The metal detectors are bad enough...but for Disney, it's a different story.

Monday, May 17, 2004 8:55 AM
Seeing more security would make you feel more "un"comfortable? When I go out late at night I am happy to see police, not upset by it. I don't follow your rationale here.
Monday, May 17, 2004 9:59 AM
DawgByte II's avatar Police presence = good.

Barracades, metal detectors, body cavity searches, & electrical barbed wire fences = bad.

It's the overall atmosphere. Police/park security is great. But the other stuff mentioned makes me feel a little uneasy like the park is some sort of target, and they're protecting it as if houses the queen.

Monday, May 17, 2004 10:44 AM
I'm not following you. How are barracades a bad thing? Its not like they built the Berlin Wall in front of the park, its just a small measure of protection that the company wisely added on their own. A little barracade is not going to keep me out of a park. Body cavity searches, on the other hand... ;)
Monday, May 17, 2004 11:04 AM
Here is a link to what they should look like(barracades).


Monday, May 17, 2004 11:08 AM
The Mole's avatar Plust the barracades are in the SERVICE enterences, not infront of the park. Plus, unless you get access to service roads, you can't even come close to the Magic Kingdom.
Monday, May 17, 2004 1:55 PM
Nothing short of a hovercraft is going to reach the Magic Kingdom main gates.
Monday, May 17, 2004 2:47 PM
Actually you can get to the Main Gate via roadway following the route past the Contemporary and leading up to the bus drop-off/pick up area.

The bigger concern they would have at the Magic Kingdom is if someone could get a vehicle with explosives into the Utilidors. A truck as big as a Wells-Fargo truck can fit under there. The resulting explosion could do damage from Fantasy Land to Main Street and from Tomorrow Land to Adventure Land.

These barricades are unobtrusive...unless they need to be used. They pop up out of the ground.

And, if you don't think the most famous Amusement Park in the world is a potential target then you are being pretty naive.

Monday, May 17, 2004 3:58 PM
Exactly. I would think ANYTHING on Disney property would be fair game for a terrorist attack.
Monday, May 17, 2004 7:45 PM
DawgByte II's avatar ...what about Tigger? Is Tigger fair game? Or does he play for the other team after all he's been through?

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