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Disney World Puts Metal Detectors Outside Of Parks, Stops Sales Of Toy Guns

A person dressed as Mickey Mouse waves during a musical parade at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2009.

By ADAM LIDGETT, International Business Times, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 17, 2015 – After Islamic State group supporters claimed responsibility for terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, in recent weeks, security concerns have been heightened across the globe. Now security is being beefed up at one of the happiest places on Earth — Walt Disney World in Florida.

Ahead of Thursday’s premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the Disney Springs complex within the Disney World resort, metal detectors were placed at the front of all four Disney World theme parks, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Disney World is also reportedly stopping the sale of toy guns, and not allowing anyone over 14 years old to wear costumes.

People visiting Disney World parks are set to be screened at random to go through the metal detectors, but it’s unknown how long Disney World will have the machines. SeaWorld Orlando, another major vacation attraction in the area, also said Thursday it will begin using metal detectors. Universal Studios, another theme park in Orlando, told the Sentinel it was testing using metal detectors as visitors approach the park.