In efforts to update the security policies at several Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, guests will no longer be able to keep maintenance and staff out of their rooms with a simple “Do Not Disturb” sign hung on the door handle.
Guests staying at one of the three monorail hotels near the Magic Kingdom – the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary resorts – will now notice that “Room Occupied” signs have replaced the old standard. And yes, you might well be disturbed, because the signs are designed only to alert maintenance and staff that guests are currently in their rooms, but it won’t stop them from entering.
In addition to the signage, another new policy requires Disney employees to enter each hotel room at least once a day, to ensure the “safety and security of guests and property,” Walt Disney World News Today reports.
Historically, the “Do Not Disturb” sign has been a universal message to hotel staff to stay out. However, Disney now claims the “hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purpose including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checking on the safety and security of guests and property.”
Guests no longer have the option to keep staff out, but the company says that everyone will be given notice that staff is coming into the room by knocking and announcements of their intention to enter.
Disney officials have not issued a statement as to why they are introducing the new policies.
The changes are expected to roll out to other Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in the coming weeks, but some Disney guests are already outraged.
“We bought a motorhome when I retired because of all the security issues,” a Disney guest told The Associated Press. “Like, you never know when somebody can come in your room when you’re not in your room.”
If you weren’t disturbed before going to @Disney resorts, you will be by the time you leave.
Is Disney speaking out on Hollywood pervs yet? Asking for the children that they’re supposed to have the best interests of. https://t.co/WuSg84bnnC
— Jami (@Jami_USA) December 27, 2017
Even landlords can’t enter dwellings without permission. This is an invasion of privacy, especially with the astronomical prices charged to stay at Disney resorts. Complete nonsense.
— Travis (@TallyJazz) December 27, 2017
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