Starting today, guests staying at the Magic Kingdom resort areas can go through security screenings at their resort. This replaces the security checkpoint and bag check in front of the Magic Kingdom park entrance. Hopefully this lets the long lines and bottlenecking that was happening in front of the park during busy hours, like opening, die down. Disney starts this right before the height of their busy park season too.
Other Security Procedures
Guests taking water transportation and busses will still be screened at the park entrance, but it has been moved to a new location. Guests at the Transportation and Ticket Center will go through the screening after departing from the parking tram, but before boarding the monorail or ferryboat.
I think guests staying on the monorail system (Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and The Contemporary Resort) will see a time saving benefit from the new resort security screenings. It’s convenient and out of the sun, which will be great during the heat of the Summer.
My only concern is Disney seeing the new advantage of adding this feature and raising the price per night of these resort rooms. They are already “Deluxe” resorts and Disney seems to charge extra for convenience. Only time will tell if it changes anything.
No word yet if this changes things for Run Disney security measures on race mornings. I’m sure we’ll find out more information during Star Wars Darkside race weekend.