Behind Security at Disney World: What You Don’t Know About The Happiest Place on Earth

The happiest place on earth is full of rides, characters, and security. Security measures are all over the park. Certain measures are in plain sight, like metal detectors and bag checks at park entrances, while others are less obvious. Continue reading to learn why Disney security guards are nearly invisible and what they see while on duty.

Security is meant to be invisible

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One of those tourists may actually be working for Disney’s security team. |

While there are many security measures guests can see, there are some that are less obvious. Disney parks have undercover security guards dressed as tourists walking around the park. If security needs to talk to a park guest, only two people speak to them, according to a former security guard at Disneyland. Security guards do this to  “keep it as un-embarrassing as possible but also to make it low key. We don’t want to interrupt your experience by dealing with another guest,” a former security guard said in a Reddit IAmA, according to PopSugar.

The Mickey After Dark team performs safety checks

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Disney makes sure all the rides, like the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, are safe. | Disney

Every night after Disney parks close, the Mickey After Dark team checks every ride for safety. According to Disney Fanatic, “unless a ride is cleared by the Mickey After Dark team, it will not operate the next day.” The team runs tests and replaces parts on a regular basis. All while this is happening, security cameras get the team on video with their security cameras.

Security catches people having sex at the park all the time

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Someone’s bound to catch you, even in your car. |

Security often catches teenagers having sex in the parking structures at Disney parks. The “problem is that parking garage is filled with cameras,” a former security guard said in a Reddit IAmA. If the kids are underage, security guards are legally obligated to call their parents. If guests are over 18 years old, security escorts them out of the park.

Rides are equipped with safety gear

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Disney takes ride safety very seriously. | Disney

According to Disney Fanatic, the rides at Disney parks are equipped with many safety measures. Every ride has video cameras, some with night vision capabilities. The platforms where guests board rides have pressure sensitive mats to alert staff if anyone gets off the ride. Some of the safety measures are so unique to Disney, the company has a patent on the technology. For example, the seat belts on the Dinosaur ride are patented because of their safety features, according to Disney Fanatic..

Working security for Disney doesn’t pay well

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Disney employees say they love their work, despite the low pay. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Only 53% of Indeed reviewers think they’re paid fairly by Disney, according to numbers from Indeed. “I loved the work but the pay is crap,” a former security guard said in a Reddit IAmA, according to PopSugar. Although security staff are highly qualified, some being former law enforcement according to the Orlando Sentinel, they don’t get paid much money. Glassdoor reports security guards at Disney make anywhere from $10 – $12 an hour.

Screeners watch your every move

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Don’t even try to sneak contraband past security. | David McNew/Getty Images)

Forget about trying to sneak anything into a Disney park. Thought Catalog reports Disney has people screening guests at park entrances in an especially sneaky way. “We have people in front of us and behind us that are always watching and we can call them to follow you once we know you have something,” a screener said. “If we see something you have that’s forbidden, we know you will just rehide it,” they added.

There’s a police station and fire station at Disney World

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Police have a permanent presence at Disney. | Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty Images

Disney World has a police station and a fire station on the park’s property. EMTs, firefighters, and police officers can get anywhere in the park on a moment’s notice. According to Disney Fanatic, local law enforcement has a permanent presence at the park because of the volume of people who visit the park. Online, there are stories of people coming out nowhere to help injured guests.

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