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2ACheck Rating: “C” – Disney is inconsistent with respect to guns.  Disney Parks ban guns.  Disney Stores allow guns, if not prohibited by the mall in which they are located.  Disney owned ABC News has a blatant anti-gun bias.

The Walt Disney Company – Major American media and entertainment corporation.

If you are reading this because you want to know if Second Amendment Check approves of Disney’s amusement parks, the short answer is go unarmed and have fun.  Leave your gun locked out of sight in your car, you won’t need or want it in the park.  (This is not legal advice, don’t sue us.)  This is especially true in the Orlando, Florida parks where there are many barriers to entry for bad guys (and customers.)  Florida is CC friendly with a recognized permit.  Do yourself a favor and spend the $10 to buy a copy of the Traveler’s Guide to Firearm Laws before you go, or spend a couple of hours to do your own research on the laws in the states you’ll be entering with your firearm.

If you want our complete evaluation of the entire corporation, read on:

Kids love Disney, let’s face it.  There are many TV networks, movie studios and amusement parks, but there is only ONE Disney.  Whatever you may think of them, you must agree they do a fantastic job of making kids happy, which we appreciate by emptying our bank accounts into theirs.

The Walt Disney World Resort – Firearm Carry Is Not Worthwhile:

Not only do you “feel” safe, you are safe from petty and professional criminals there.  That is not the case with many other amusement parks in America that ban guns, but Disney World is safe.  Unless you are a total jackass, it’s nearly impossible to have a violent confrontation in a Disney park.

As with most/all other amusement parks, Disney World prohibits firearms inside their parks.  They are obviously not your standard retail operation, and can’t be rated on the same scale as a restaurant or office supply store.  We do not penalize them for their “no weapons” policy in their amusement parks, and we explain why below.  We do, however, penalize them for their anti-gun bias at their ABC News operation.

We were there in Orlando in June of 2013 and observed their customer-visible security practices, there are undoubtedly others we are not privy to.  We asked a uniformed “bag checker” what they are looking for and what they have found in the past.  Basically, they search everyone’s possessions, not bodies, for weapons, glass, alcohol, etc.  Every bag and cooler must be opened and searched prior to entering the park. There are no metal detectors or body scanners that we could see, and no pat-downs or “wands” either.  Kids do not have to get out of their strollers and everybody gets to keep their shoes on.  They are much more respectful than the morons that work for the TSA.  Based on our assessment, if you really wanted to concealed carry with a smaller pocket gun like an LCP, you definitely could get it in undetected, we just don’t think it’s appropriate or worthwhile to do so.  We did see a single uniformed law enforcement hanging out at the entrance to Animal Kingdom all day.  The deputy was an older gentleman in traditional police dress and was not intimidating at all, he was not one of the aggressive militarized goons you might see elsewhere.

Since the difficulty and price of entry is very high, and there is legitimate security provided, there are real barriers/deterrents to entry for criminals.  In Disney World, (differs in other Disney parks like Disneyland in L.A.) before you even get to the point where your bags are searched, you must pay a $15 fee to park in their lot, or find other transportation such as a shuttle bus to even gain access to the front gate.  The price for a single day pass can be as high as $95.

Also, you do not see Trayvon-types walking around in the Magic Kingdom, it’s too hot for “hoodies” anyway.  There are people of all races, but nobody is looking to hurt anybody or commit a crime. There are no thugs hanging around, no one intimidating, no roving gangs of delinquents – just families looking to have a good time.

When you think about it, what criminal in his right (or insane) mind would have the desire to go through with all of the hassle and expense just to commit a small-time robbery, let alone a rape or murder, only to have no way to quickly escape undetected.  There is no crime in Disney World because there is no incentive for bad guys to go there.  The “smart” criminals are probably finding ways to rob tourists outside of the parks.  Be careful in hotels, in cars, in restaurants, in stores, in parking lots, etc.  Those are the places you still want to be able to defend yourself.  Bad guys target tourists because they are unfamiliar with their surroundings and often travel with cash.

When we brought our kids to Disney World we happily went into the parks unarmed; the gun stayed hidden and locked in the car all day while we were in the park.  (However, a gun was in our direct physical possession everywhere else we went during our vacation thanks to favorable concealed carry laws/reciprocity in the south.)  Even if Disney’s policy allowed carry of firearms in the parks we would not want to.  It is so safe and it isn’t the type of place where you would want to tote a gun around all day anyway.  The walking, standing, brutal heat, the sweat and the light clothing required, getting in and out of rides, water rides, the kids everywhere, and the lack of a credible threat really discourages people like us from even wanting to carry.  Frankly, this is one of only a few places that we actually believe firearm carry really is “unnecessary.”  Once you get back in your car, you re-enter the real world and must once again be prepared to defend yourself.  It really is nice to not have to worry about bad guys while at Disney World.

Another point to consider is that you will not see any anti-gun propaganda there.  In fact, there are many opportunities for kids to play with toy guns – like in the army fort on Tom Sawyer Island, shooting galleries, games and arcades, rides with shooting and guns like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Buzz Lightyear ride and the Toy Story ride, etc.  It is more accurate to say that in the Magic Kingdom guns seem to be celebrated, not demonized as they are in the mainstream media.

We believe they do the best they can to provide a safe and fun environment without stepping on any toes.  For all the reasons above, we encourage you to bring your kids and enjoy their parks if you so desire, despite the fact that they do not permit you to be armed.

However, there is more to The Walt Disney Company than the resorts.  In fact, that is only a small part of the company.

Disney Stores:

Disney Stores allow firearm carry, as long as it is legal and also not prohibited by the mall in which they reside.  We verified this via email and by calling the Disney Outlet Store in a Taubman Mall, Great Lakes Crossings Outlets in Auburn Hills, Michigan that we know allows firearms.  The Disney employee at the store whome we spoke with was very knowledgeable about firearms laws in the state and knew that the mall also permitted firearms.  She said they had several people open carry in there in the past without issue.  She also said her boyfriend in a Concealed Handgun Permit holder.  She just asked that we remain conscious that there will be many children in the store who may be interested in our firearm.

ABC Network:

Where Disney loses all of it points with us is their ABC News operation, which has been accused of having an anti-gun bias.

As an example of that bias, you have probably seen this hit job they did on lawful carry of firearms by good guys.  In it they try to convince people that arming good guys doesn’t make anyone safer.  We won’t argue the merits of this “study” here, other than to say that we do not agree with their premises or conclusions at all, we believe it was set up to have self-defense fail, and we believe this entire piece to be driven by a desire to attack and de-legitimatize citizen carry.

Here’s a Media Research Center report on how biased the major networks coverage of the issue of “gun control” has been:

“ABC’s World News wasn’t much better, airing 15 anti-gun segments to just 2 pro-gun segments, with 8 neutral stories. Surprisingly, ABC’s World News did offer a fairer result when it came to soundbites as anti-talking heads (28) almost matched pro-talking heads (27) with 15 being neutral.”

“ABC’s Good Morning America offered 14 anti-gun stories, to just 3 pro-gun stories, with 17 neutral segments.”

26 Comments

  1. We found a loaded gun in our nightstand at the Disney resort we checked into. Major housekeeping fail. I don’t feel “safer” at Disney than I do anywhere else which is a shame.

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  2. “We do not penalize them for their “no weapons” policy in their amusement parks, and we explain why below.

    Not only do you “feel” safe, you are safe from petty and professional criminals there. That is not the case with many other amusement parks in America that ban guns, but Disney World is safe.”

    This is supposed to be a pro-2A site? Are you sure this isn’t a Moms Demanding Some Action site in disguise?

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  3. “The deputy was an older gentleman in traditional police dress and was not intimidating at all, he was not one of the aggressive militarized goons you might see elsewhere.”

    So he wasn’t the deputy that you would want responding to a active shooter like just happened at the Pulse Club in nearby Orlando?

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  4. It is the same for employees also. And they have dogs checking workers cars all the time. They have a zero tolerance on this as I understand it. Some dogs have hit on workers cars and found people who left guns in the car ether because they were conceal carry and thought they were legit or went to the range and forgot them. Ether way they fire most of these people on the spot and send them home. Though I never got a confirmation I hear they fired workers with a few rounds of bullets left in the trunk. Including someone who worked part time at a fertilizer plant and kept some in the trunk and the dogs kept hitting on it from the phosphorus and potassium. Though they were in fact innocent they let them go because they said it kept the dogs from finding real problems.

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  5. They can install all the metal detectors they want at the entrances to the parks. Have you seen how many people pile up waiting for the gates to open. Plenty of targets and no real visible security. They don’t check anything until right before you enter.

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  6. I don’t know how many people watched the nightly news a couple days after the Orlando Gay club shooting but it was stated that the FBI discovered a list of places the shooter chose to raise carnage and Disney world was one of the top 2 listed.

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  7. Are you living on planet Earth or somewhere that you don’t see the bigger picture?! Just last night, a nightclub in Orlando was attacked by a terrorist, 20 dead, 42 injured. It isn’t petty or professional criminals you need to worry about, it’s terrorists hell bent on killing as many as they can and Disney is a terrorist’s dream, a veritable shooting gallery ripe for the picking! To hear they are so lax in their security does not give me much confidence in them at all, and had my son in law not already booked and paid for a stay there next week, I wouldn’t be going. My husband and I will definitely be on alert, and I won’t be going back ever if their policy does not change!!

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  8. I’m here now. I can’t believe how the metal detectors are used. My family and I walk up to the first stop were they check are back pack and purses. They go through bags and check for who knows what. After you pass that check you proceed forward hopefully not to be aproched by security. Well Disneyland says it’s random….. BS. They pulled me into the metal detectors every time but one. I feel it’s profiling. I am I white male 6′ tall. Here’s the problem….. is it cool for Disneyland to pull out certain people for whatever profile there looking for that day. I can see us going back 60 years and making a black and a white line to enter. I’m going today and going to record my experience entering park. I’m a little pissed and understand my rights. I also know this is private property and rules are not the same but I’m going to mess with them big time if I get pulled aside to do there “random” scan!!!!

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  9. Looks like Disney is installing metal detectors and removing toy guns from stores in the parks. Second Amendment rights don’t apply on private property if the owner of the property doesn’t want you to carry a gun onto their property. Your choice is to not go to a Disney park if you don’t want to be without your gun for even one minute.

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  10. Agree. I have a concealed carry license and spend most weekends at Disneys parks. I have considered bringing a small weapon on several occasions, especially with the recent event in California. I dont know what Disney has in the way of security but having spoken w clients who work there very little.

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  11. I planned my trip to WDW/Magic Kingdom for yesterday, and, knowing their policy, left my pistol in my room. I was amazed that, when I took the big boat across the lake and then passed thru security, all they did was look in my backpack. I didn’t have to empty my pockets. They had no metal detector. They had no one wanding people. I could have carried my 9mm on my hip, and they wouldn’t have had a clue! I was rather frustrated–not only that I didn’t bring my pistol, but that their security was so lax that any bad guy could get in there with a weapon and wreak havoc at any moment!!

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    • I got stopped the third time I went in carrying a Leatherman tool on my hip. They let me in anyway when I told them I’d been in 2 other parks with it already. After that, I just put it in my pocket just to avoid the potential hassle. I could have easily pocket carried my LC9 or my 1911 in a Smart Carry.

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  12. This is the dumbest thing i have read in a while. I have no desire to read another word on your website.

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  13. What exactly did you mean bu this you Racist Pig…’Also, you do not see Trayvon-types walking around in the Magic Kingdom, it’s too hot for “hoodies” anyway’ . Retards like you should be kept inside and not allowed to speak. Next time you have a racist thought…keep it to your self…..

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    • Trayvon Martin was himself a racist. His own friend ( Rachel Jeantel) when testifying in court quoted Martin as referring to Zimmerman as a “creepy-ass cracker”.

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  14. As a guy who just spent a week going through the “fun” of the Disney parks, and a CCW instructor, I would have to disagree with this article. There is little more than a visual deterrent at the Disney facilities as far as security goes. They barely check your bag as you pass through their security check point and if you don’t have a bag they do nothing at all. I saw several people with firearms printing under their shirt. As far as there being little chance of anything violent happening, you’ve obviously never spent several hours baking in the 90 degree heat of Florida while waiting in a 90 minute line for a 2 minute ride. Maybe packed in with a few thousand people to try and watch a fireworks display, only to have someone shove in front of you to get a better view while blocking you from seeing anything. Maybe have a parent or 20 hit you in the ankle with a baby stroller? While I would agree I never felt unsafe in the park per se, I also didn’t feel like the security was nearly what they thought it was. It would be a fairly easy target for someone who wanted to do damage to a large group at once.

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    • I agree. I too am a concealed carry instructor. I have been to Disney (I was there last year) and I was carrying the whole time. A bad guy could easily have taken out dozens of people (including a large number of children) with zero opposition other than those of us that chose to carry.

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  15. Ok, I guess I’ll make a comment here.. this one really lit my fire so forgive me if I seem a little abrasive. I work in the surveillance field- drones actually. And while your above article is very interesting, there are a few points I need to make clear. You make it sound as if there would be no threats in that park. You are so wrong it is shameful, you just pointed out to me all of their weaknesses. No wands, no pat downs, just bag searches… so any insane criminal could go out with bang and get trigger happy in the park. I find it hard to believe that you feel the only threats are a raping, robbing or a one off murder. Lack of a credible threat my back door…smdh. Look, I work hard at finding bad guys all day long 12 hours a day 7 days a week when I am actually ‘on the job’ If you think that Disney is a safe place you are out of your mind. And recommending others to disregard their own safety is beyond criminal. Now, if they had metal detectors and pat downs I’d reconsider. Disney is a wide open spot for a future attack against us and I will NOT go there unarmed and helpless to protect myself and my family. And if it’s prohibited then I just simply will not go there are other options. PS- not all bad guys are poor folk who can’t afford $100-$125. Matter of fact big gatherings of Americans is a bullseye that I plan on staying far away from.

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