Under the new policy, Disney staff is required to each room of the hotel at least once per day to ensure the safety of its guests.
Disney has begun with the updating of the security policy on a number of the resorts in Walt Disney World.
Guests staying in one of the three monorail hotels – the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary resorts near the Magic Kingdom already have experience with the stricter security policy, including the removal of the “do Not Disturb” on the door sign. The markers are swapped for “Room Occupied” signs that warn for maintenance and staff that the guests currently in their rooms, but will not stop with the Disney staff, of.
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The sign accompanies a new policy that requires Disney employees to enter each room of the hotel at least once per day to ensure “the safety and security of guests and property,” Walt Disney World News Today reports.
Under the old rules, employees would pass by rooms marked with the “do Not Disturb” sign. However, now Disney says “the hotel and its employees reserve the right to enter your room for any purpose, including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checks on the safety and security of guests and property.”
Although guests will no longer have the ability to keep the staff, the company ensures that the guests will be given prior to entering the room by knocking and announcing that they are coming, WDWNT reports.
Some have reportedly been the assumption that the tightened security measures are a response to the Las Vegas shooting in Mandalay Bay that claimed the lives of 58 people earlier this year. According to WDWNT, the monorail resorts have similar vantage points in the densely populated areas. However, Disney officials have no explanation for why they are the introduction of the new policy.
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The changes are expected to roll out to other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in the coming weeks, but some Disney guests are already balking at them.
“We bought a motorhome when I retired, because the problems with security,” a Disney guest told the Associated Press. “Well, you never know when someone can come in your room if you are not in your room.”