New Disneyland Security Checkpoints Set to Open Thursday

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Starting this Thursday, those looking to visit Downtown Disney will have to go through security screenings, while guests going to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will be screened at earlier checkpoints, according to a report.

Visitors on the resort's west side -- including those coming from Disneyland Hotel, the Downtown Disney parking lot, or the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure -- will go through security prior to reaching Downtown Disney or boarding the trams to the Anaheim theme parks, the Orange County Register reported Monday.

As of Tuesday, the earliest security checkpoints were just beyond Downtown Disney and ahead of the Esplanade, the area between the Disney theme parks where guests can also purchase tickets and passes.

 

The change was made in order to secure a larger area and to keep visitors from having to go through bag checks and metal detectors multiple times, the Register reported last month.

 

Officials are hoping the added checkpoints will result in a better experience for parkgoers, who will no longer have to be screened should they wish to hop between Downtown Disney and either theme park.

The resort's east side security checkpoint is also expected to move, but likely not until construction on the new parking garage is completed, according to  Theme Park Insider.