Disney’s Latest Hotel Policy Change May Be a Result of the Las Vegas Shooting

Disney World is no stranger to overjoyed visitors and overcrowded venues alike. And when it comes to the overall guest experience, there’s one responsibility Disney takes very, very seriously. The happiest place on earth considers guest safety a top priority, and for good reason.

With this in mind, Disney World just made a major change to a popular hotel policy. And the Las Vegas Shooting may have had something to do with it.

Disney removed ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs from hotel rooms

door with a please do not disturb sign

They will be replaced with another option. | DragonImages/iStock/Getty Images

The “Do Not Disturb” sign has been a well-loved — well-used — staple in hotel rooms around the world. People love their privacy, and these signs ensure that hotel guests are granted just that. However, all of that is fast changing at a select number of Disney World hotels.

Disney announced in December of 2017 that a handful of resort hotels would be removing the “Do Not Disturb” signs, and replacing them with another option.

The new ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign

Signboard do not disturb

Disney patrons can say goodbye to the ‘do not disturb’ signs. | spukkato/iStock/Getty Images

The classic signage may be going away, but the option to get a little privacy is not. “The signs will be replaced with “Room Occupied” signs that will notify cast members that guests are in the rooms,” WDW News Today reported. “However, these guests will be ‘disturbed’ at some point, as it will now be required that a Disney employee enter their hotel room at least once a day to ensure guest safety.”

This may be a good alternative, but still, the same amount of privacy will not be guaranteed.

The Disney hotels

Disney World Hotel in Florida

There are four hotels affected by the policy change. | Gregg Newton/AFP/Getty Images

This policy change has already taken effect at four Disney World hotels, all of which are on the monorail route. The hotels include the Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary Resort, and the Contemporary’s connected Bay Lake Tower, which begs the question, ‘why these hotels, specifically?’ We’ll get to that reason in a minute.

Is this decision a result of the Las Vegas shooting?

A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival

No one wants a repeat of that night. | David Becker/Getty Images

Months after the Las Vegas massacre, Disney decides to roll out a pretty major change to an age-old hotel policy. Coincidence? Probably not. One gunman was able to fire off thousands of rounds of ammunition into a crowd of people, all from the comfort of his high-rise hotel room.

So, if we’re thinking about the safety of Disney hotel guests in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, it all makes sense. The four Disney resorts are tall, offering vantage points that overlook crowded areas. And furthermore, as gunman Stephen Paddock spent days moving weapons into his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, he “reportedly put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on his door, though housekeepers visited the suite and didn’t see anything amiss,” CNN Money said.

Did this change definitely come as a result from the shooting in Las Vegas? Here’s what Disney officially had to say.

Disney did confirm that the change was made to keep guests safe

Entrance of Walt Disney World in Orlando

There are multiple factors involved. | Manakin/iStock/Getty Images

While Disney hasn’t come outright with its reasoning behind the change, we can only assume that yes, the Las Vegas shooting had something to do with it.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Disney declined to say whether the shooting prompted the change for its policy but said it made the decision for a variety of factors, including safety, security and the guest experience.”

Disney isn’t the only resort making this kind of change

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace

Hilton hotels are also changing their policies. | Hilton.com

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, it’s not surprising that several hotel chains were prompted to take a closer look at certain policies. According to CNN Money, Hilton Hotels and Resorts changed its policy in November 2017, recommending that hotel staff “alert a security or duty manager after 24 hours of consecutive Do Not Disturb usage.”

Additionally, a welfare check is conducted at The Orleans hotel in Las Vegas if a “Do Not Disturb” sign is out for two days. And at the Wynn Las Vegas, staff are now allowed to check in on rooms once every 12 hours.

Each hotel that’s made a significant policy change like this has said that it’s intended to keep guests safe, which, of course, is a top priority.

Disney’s other security measures

Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary

They have some security we don’t even realize is happening. | David Roark/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

Disney delivers a one-of-a-kind experience like no other, which is why the hotels and theme parks alike go to lengthy measures to ensure the safety of guests. In fact, Disney’s additional security measures include trained dogs, random security screenings, and parking structure screenings.

Can we say with complete certainty that no hotel will ever be the scene of another mass shooting spree? No, but hopefully, these policy changes are a good start.

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