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Metal Detectors Installed Toy Guns Banned At Disney Parks

Author:Joseph Pimentel
Dateline:December 17, 2015
Posted:December 30, 2015
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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are placing metal detectors at the esplanade area where guests are screened to enter the theme parks, beginning today, and prohibiting and banning toy gun possession and sales inside the park.

The rules were updated on the Disneyland park rules website and specifically mentions that the toy guns include "toy blasters, squirt guns etc."

Handlers with "vapor wake" dogs, trained to sniff out explosives and other things, will roam about the park. Visitors ages 14 and older will not be allowed to wear masks nor costume into the park, either.

Disney announced the changes this morning. A Disneyland official said the new security measure is not in response to any threats.

"We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate," said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland spokeswoman

The move comes a few weeks after a terrorist attack in nearby San Bernardino killed 14 people and injured 22 in the second-deadliest mass shooting since Sandy Hook, and several months after a man was arrested carrying a loaded weapon outside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure attract a combined 25 million visitors a year. The theme parks are now taking the same level of precautions that many sports stadiums and airports have had. Universal Studios Hollywood also announced it is testing the use of metal detectors.

"We have begun testing metal detection at our theme park," a Universal spokeswoman said in a statement. "We want our guests to feel safe when they come here.

"We've long used metal detection for special events, such as Halloween Horror Nights. This test is a natural progression for us as we study best practices for security in today's world."

At Disney's theme parks, guests will walk through bag check first and some in line will be "randomly selected" to walk through a secondary magnetomator portal before proceeding into the park.

The metal detector will be on both sides of the esplanade area and in front of the monorail station at Downtown Disney.

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