Disneyland and other Southern California theme parks increase security measures


Following the recent attack in San Bernadino, but not based on any specific threats, the Disneyland Resort has recently increased security measures and adjusted several rules for entering its theme parks. On Thursday, Disneyland added metal detectors near security checkpoints at the resort.  All guests pass through the usual bag check process, but now some are randomly chosen by security officials to walk through metal detectors.  Metal detectors were also added recently at Walt Disney World theme parks. In addition, Disneyland has made changes to some of its park rules. Toy guns, including toy blasters or squirt guns, are no longer allowed inside the Disneyland Resort and will no longer be sold in any gift shop.  This change does not affect the Frontierland Shootin' Exposition. Disneyland also re-stated their costume policy which banned costumes for adults.  The previous policy placed a ban on guests ages 12 and over, but was occasionally overlooked.  The new policy bans costumes on guests over the age of 14. DLsecurity Guests visiting other Southern California theme parks will see similar security measures. At nearby Knott's Berry Farm, guests have their bags checked at the turnstiles and are occasionally asked to walk through a metal detector. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia has used metal detectors to screen all guests since shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. On Thursday, Universal Studios Hollywood, which has long used metal-detecting wands to screen guests attending their Halloween Horror Nights parties, also began using them to screen non-party guests. SeaWorld has said that it was increasing security at its parks for the holiday season, but gave no details and no metal detectors were evident at SeaWorld San Diego. Theme Parks-Enhanced Security Source: Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times Photos: Orange County Register

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