New Security Measures Coming Soon To Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Brace For New Security Rules

As happy families everywhere start to pack their bags for a summer full of fun, the Walt Disney Co. has announced plans for further increases in security in their theme parks. The first of these measures will start in two weeks and will take effect in all six US based theme parks.

In 2015 Disney added metal detectors to the entrances of its parks, guests are randomly screened prior to entering the turnstile area. This security measure added to the bag check which started shortly after 9/11. The bag check is currently performed on all guest bags prior to entering the park.

In addition to the metal detectors, Disney also banned Selfie Sticks, costumes for adults, masks, swords and toy guns in 2015. They also stopped selling toy guns in the parks. These guns have been a popular purchase for boys since the park opened in 1971.

As of April 14th, guests entering Disney parks in California and Florida will be required to surrender all liquid filled containers. This includes water bottles, soda bottles, prepackaged juices and other beverage containers. One exception will be expressed milk for breast fed babies under the age of 2 years. For guests having special medical needs, a drop-off of medically necessary beverages can prearranged though Guest Services.

“We continue to place guest security at the top of our list when it comes to introducing new security measures in the parks,” stated Joe Fox, a Disney spokesperson. Mr. Fox continued, “We have decided to give our guests a two week notice in order to allow for guests to rearrange their plans. In addition, we are offering a $.50 per bottle discount on all waters purchased in the parks to help defer any costs to our guests for the next year.”

As always, guests are welcome to ask for a glass of water, at no cost, at any quick service location, as well as enjoy any one of the chilled water fountains throughout the parks.

Further security plans will be released throughout April as they gear up for a Disney Summer!

Get Treated Like A Galactic Emperor With An Adventure By runDisney

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RunDisney has released a new series of Adventures where you can be treated like an Galactic Emperor as you and a select few get treated to a VIP RunCation like no other.

This Adventure by runDisney features a 7-day and 6-night Star Wars themed package that includes:

  • Star Wars Rebel Challenge (10K/Half Marathon) Registration
  • Star Wars 5K Registration
  • Entry to the Star Wars Wookie Welcome Party
  • Visit to Walt Disney’s apartment above the Fire Station on Main Street USA Disneyland
  • Guided run around Hollywood
  • VIP visit to the Jim Henson Company Studios
  • Behind-the-scenes access at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Privately guided walking tour of The Walt Disney Studios
  • Visit to the Walt Disney Archives

This package also includes:

  • 6 nights at the Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa
  • 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
  • Special Disney FASTPASS service
  • Reserved parade seating
  • VIP viewing of World of Color and Fantasmic!
  • Four-day Park Hopper ticket.

You can book this out of the world experience by calling Adventures by Disney at 800-543-0865, you better hurry because there are only 40 VIP packages available.

Disney Characters Invite You to an All-Night #DisneySide Party on Both Coasts

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Friday morning on Twitter, Disney announced an all night party over Memorial Day weekend on both coasts to kick off the summer. “Prepare to ‘Rock Your Disney Side’ with a gang of pirates, princesses, villains and party animals” exclaims the announcement. The party kicks off at 6:00 AM, Friday May 23rd and runs through 6:00 AM, Saturday May 24th. It’s a costume party, so you can come as your favorite character, as long as it is family friendly.

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and both California Adventure and Disneyland will be open in California for the event. No matter which coast you find yourself on, “you’re sure to enjoy a memory-making day and night that will go down in history as ‘wicked fun for everyone.”

If you want to go to the party for free, just tweet “how you plan to ‘Rock'” with the hash tag #DisneySideSweepsEntry and you’ll be entered to win a 7-day/6-night Disney Parks vacation for 4.

The Rock Your #DisneySide Details

General Event Details:
• Hours of operation for the event will take place from 6:00 AM, May 23, 2014 to 6:00 AM, May 24, 2014.
• Only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available.
• Valid theme park admission is required.
• Event is subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Costume Details:
• Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.
• Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
• Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
• Guests who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
• Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused admission.

See the Disney website for additional information and contest rules.