Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Whether it’s to make things easier for visitors to Disneyland or to crack down on security fears, the Anaheim theme park Thursday is changing the locations of some walk-through metal detectors.

Officials said putting the security devices farther away from the park entrance will make things easier for park visitors, enabling them to be screened only once, whether they’re headed to the Disneyland shopping areas outside the theme park itself or into the heart of Main Street.

However, people have been allowed to visit those shopping areas, such as Downtown Disney, without going into the park, and thus some visitors were in the Disneyland environment without any security screening.

The location change ends that practice.

Disneyland officials are moving west-side security screening areas from the Esplanade to three other places around the park. One will be in Downtown Disney between the ESPN Zone and the Earl of Sandwich restaurants; another will be between the ESPN Zone and the Rainforest Cafe, and the third will be at the Mickey and Friends parking structure.

This ensures that guests will only have to go through security a single time, and once they’re on the property they won’t have to pass through another screening again, officials said.

“We are moving the location of our bag check and metal detectors to the point where guests enter our property through Downtown Disney and the Mickey & Friends parking structure,” a Disneyland spokeswoman said.

—City News Service

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