Even “the happiest place on earth” isn’t safe anymore.
Walt Disney World resorts are tightening their security policies in what some speculate is a response to October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a gunman killed 58 concertgoers from his 32nd-floor hotel suite.
The Disney resorts updated their policies regarding entry by employees into the rooms of guests, Walt Disney World News Today reports.
Previously, employees would not enter rooms if a door had a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging from it. Disney World’s three monorail resorts–the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary–scrapped “Do Not Disturb” signs in favor of “Room Occupied” messages.
The presence of a “Room Occupied” sign will not stop an employee from entering, although Disney says its crew will give “reasonable notice” prior to opening a door.
The company’s terms of service states that “the hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purposes including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checking on the safety and security of guests and property.”
Whereas guests previously could avoid disturbances by foregoing service to their rooms, employees are now instructed to enter hotel rooms at least once a day.
The other Walt Disney World hotels will implement the changes in the coming weeks. Disney did not offer an explanation for the changes.
On October 1, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot at a crowd of people attending an outdoor country music concert from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Authorities found 23 guns in Paddock’s hotel room after the massacre. Hotel employees never reported seeing the weapons prior to the attack.
The monorail resorts are tall, offering potential vantage points of crowded areas from which to carry out a copycat attack.
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