Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens late tonight, but in the happiest place on Earth at least one part of the franchise won’t be allowed today – and we’re not talking Jar Jar Binks. As of Thursday, Disney is ceasing the sales, display or brandishing of Star Wars blasters and any other type of toy guns as part of enhanced security policies.
There will also be new metal detectors at the entrance of Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World in what looks to be a permanent move for Disney. Additionally, don’t think of heading down to Anaheim dressed as a Stormtrooper or a Wookiee. There is now a ban on individuals over the age of 14 wearing costumes or masks on the properties. Similar measures are going in place at Universal theme parks across the nation we understand. Random more extensive checks will now occur too, in addition to the bag checks that have been taking place at the parks for years.
While these new security measures are being rolled out in Disney’s domestic locations, similar policies are being implemented in Disney theme parks and resorts around the world. The Disney Paris outlet already had such measures in place before the terror attacks of last month, I hear.
And you will feel and see the presence of more living security too.
In the past few weeks, there also has been an increase in the number of uniformed police officers outside the domestic parks like in Anaheim and vapor wake detecting dogs on the premises. Sources tell me that this actually started before the fatal San Bernardino shootings of December 2. “We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” said Disney’s Suzi Brown on Thursday.