It has sure been a long time coming, but Disney is finally changing the security screening process at Magic Kingdom to reduce congestion and make entry to the park easier for guests.
Say goodbye to aggravating bottlenecks, crushing crowds, and mass confusion outside the gates of The Happiest Place on Earth; security checkpoints for those heading into Magic Kingdom will now take place before you even get to the park.
Starting on April 3, all security checkpoints will be moved to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), before you board the ferry boat or monorail to head over to Magic Kingdom. All guests not taking busses to the park will have to go through metal detectors and have their bags searched once they reach the TTC by tram or by foot, hopefully clearing up the crowd control issues that have plagued the security checkpoints out front of the park for some years now.
Only guests arriving via the Disney bus system will go through security at Magic Kingdom itself once this change takes place. If you’re a resort guest, Disney will have new security checkpoints for you before you board the monorail as well, hopefully making your entrance into the actual park much more efficient.
Honestly, I think this is a perfectly fine move on Disney’s side. I’ve long lamented the dismal entry experience offered at the gates of Magic Kingdom, and, as much as I still dislike the experience of going through the TTC to get to the park, I think this will help in the long run.
If you’re going to the park this April, be prepared for the change and give yourself a little extra time to get into Magic Kingdom. Not only will this be new for guests but it’ll be new for employees as well; no doubt some kinks will need working out over the first few weeks.
Now, go have a day!