Disney’s latest hotel room change is fairly predictable, really: in the aftermath of a major attack on innocent lives, security gets amped up.
Collectively, humans have a little less privacy, all in the name of safety.
We’ve experienced the privacy invasion at our airports, for example. But we want the freedom of travel, so we deal with it.
Would you like your hotel room to remain undisturbed during your Disney resort stay? It’s a wish that won’t come true, as Disney has removed “Do Not Disturb” signs from four of their hotels.
For the safety of all guests, Disney hotel staff will be disturbing you.
New door signs state that Disney staff can and will be checking rooms on a daily basis, for maintenance, safety, security, “or any other purpose.”
Hotel staff will “knock and announce their presence before entering.” The policy change is already in effect at four of Walt Disney World’s hotels, testing the waters before making the change on a larger scale.
Guests will have the option to hang a “Room Occupied” sign on their doorknob, but that won’t preclude hotel staff from entering a room.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, guests who really have a problem with the policy need to talk to the front desk staff on a case-by-case basis.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Bay Lake Tower are the four hotels that have already rolled out the new policy.
The change comes just several months after the Las Vegas shooting that rocked America in Oct. 2017.
Disney has declined to admit the change is specifically in response to the Las Vegas hotel shooting. They did confirm that safety was a primary factor in making the decision.
Gunman Stephen Paddock had stockpiled ammunition and multiple firearms in his hotel room prior to the shooting at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Paddock’s use of the “Do Not Disturb” sign ensured he could carry out his twisted plot exactly as he intended — undisturbed.
Had hotel staff employees been required to check guest hotel rooms daily, it’s possible Paddock’s crime could have been thwarted. According to KVVU-TV, multiple Las Vegas hotels have already updated their “do not disturb” policies in a similar manner.
Some tourists find the policy to be intrusive and uncomfortable. Others find it comforting, the best solution to protect the safety and well-being of guests at the Magic Kingdom.
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