Orlando/News 6 has released information related to the amount of law enforcement present at Walt Disney World. The amount of officers seen patrolling areas within Walt Disney World has increased. The Reedy Creek Improvement District is the onsite district for all of Walt Disney World. The spending on outside police officers has been increased to $15.8 million. This is an increase from $13.7 million which was spent in 2016. The increase came after the budget change that was instituted at the beginning of the fiscal year, beginning October 1st. The budget from Reedy Creek Improvement District is what pays to have police officers complete patrols around the property, including the theme parks, resorts, road areas, etc.
Here is what Jacquee Wahler, Vice President of Communication for Walt Disney World, had to say about the increase:
“We have a comprehensive approach to security that includes measures that are visible and some that are not. We continuously review and adapt security procedures in coordination with law enforcement officials, but do not discuss specifics in order to avoid compromising their effectiveness.”
In light of the various shootings around the United States, including one right in Orlando, we can expect that the security protocols for guns and other weapons are likely to increase with this increase in spending. Disney doesn’t publish specific policies and procedures for security protocols so that guests intending harm can’t proactively look for ways to work around them. We will just have to see what the coming months hold for security at Walt Disney World.
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