Since the installation of much-needed metal detectors at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom, getting into our favorite park has been difficult. Long security lines frequently pushed out as far as the ferry boat entrance, making it difficult for guests to even get into line coming from the boat and the bus stop area. Disney attempted to rectify this situation by adding more security lines, but to no avail: lines were out of control.
So how do you keep visitors to Disney’s busiest park happy? Well, the latest solution is to move security to several different locations. So far, it’s working quite well, especially for guests staying at the monorail resorts.
This is the walkway from the Contemporary Resort to the Magic Kingdom. Guests coming from this resort will go through security here if they choose to walk to the park. It moved quickly. In fact, things were so slow, one of the cast members working there jokingly told me, “I’ve been talking to the plants. So far, they haven’t answered back.”
Guests taking the monorail from the Contemporary, Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian will go through security before the enter the monorail. I stayed at the Grand last week and things went very smoothly there, even during busier times.
Here’s another view of the Grand Floridian’s security line.
As you can see, this is a nice bonus for monorail guests, who will simply exit the monorail and walk right up to the touch points and enter the park. It really was a breeze getting into the park this way.
If you’re parking at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) and taking the ferry or monorail to the Magic Kingdom, you’ll go through security after you exit the tram.
The tram drop off and pick up area has been moved further from the covered area (towards the road) to make room for security.
Here’s another view of the new tram drop off area. Security and bag check is to your right.
After you go through security, you’ll choose whether to take the monorail or the ferry, same as before. Note that guests going to Epcot will have to go through security again when they visit that park. Also, if you are a guest at a monorail resort and you are taking the monorail to Epcot, you’ll go through security twice: once when leaving your resort and again when you arrive at Epcot. That seems to be the only glitch and even that is minor.
Next up, buses. I think it’s tempting to think that bus riders might have it the most difficult, but keep in mind, you’ve always had to go through security at the Magic Kingdom. Now you’re just doing it with fewer people, as monorail and ferry boat riders have already gone through the process. This means your time in line is going to be much shorter.
As you can see, even during a busy early evening in April, lines were short.
A lot of times Disney fans don’t like change. I get it because if they ever took out Carousel of Progress, I would be the first to chain myself to the building! But this is good change we can all agree on. Lines are moving faster and there’s less congestion, which means you get into the park faster. And who doesn’t want that?