It’s being reported that Walt Disney World Orlando has begun replacing “Do Not Disturb” door hangtags with “Room Occupied” hangtags. Disney employees will have to enter a guest’s room at least once per day, regardless if housekeeping is elected or not:

If you choose to forgo housekeeping on a given day, the Disney terms of service state that “the hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purposes including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checking on the safety and security of guests and property.” Disney states that cast members will give reasonable notice prior to entering by knocking and announcing that they will enter.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

The hotels that have already implemented the change are the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Contemporary resorts, all of which are within close proximity to the Magic Kingdom park. This is an important point because it is being speculated that this change was implemented as a precaution subsequent to the deadly shootings in Las Vegas a few months ago. In that shooting, as many of you know, the killer holed up in his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay with numerous weapons and a clear vantage point of a popular music festival across the street. All of these three Disney hotels have somewhat clear, if not direct, views of the Magic Kingdom park entrance.

I may be in the minority here but I love this move. Sure, you have to worry about the safety of your valuables, but each hotel room has a password-protected safe. Disney World, especially the Magic Kingdom park, has an incredibly dense population nearly year round. Any attack on the Magic Kingdom like the one we saw in Las Vegas could surpass that death toll, which is already the highest in American history.

Kudos to Disney for being proactive about this. I’m curious to see if this will start to become a trend among other, non-Disney hotel chains. I’d certainly welcome it.

What are your thoughts on this development? Feel safer? Think it’s a bad move? Why?


(H/T) Business Insider