Metal Detectors Being Installed At Southern California Theme Parks For Increased Security -- December 23, 2015

SoCal theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, are taking steps to increase security and safety to park-goers.

Increased security, metal detectors, explosive-sniffing dogs and stricter costume policies were just some of the changes that Disneyland theme park officials announced last week. Disney also discontinued the sale of toy guns and blasters at the parks, and anyone over the age of 14 is not permitted to wear costumes into the park in an effort to help law enforcement with a visual awareness.

“We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate,” Cathi Killian, vice president of communications at The Walt Disney Company – ‎Disneyland Resort.

Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld also announced new security changes.

Park officials did not confirm if the changes to the policies are directly related to recent terrorist threats.

Santa Clarita’s own Six Flags Magic Mountain didn’t announce any new changes to its security tactics. They’ve had metal detectors in place since the late 1990s.

Park officials assured their guest’s and employee’s safety was the “highest priority” and “theme parks are likely one of the safest places to visit,” said Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter.

“At Six Flags we work very closely with local law enforcement officials and utilize metal detectors, bag checks, off-duty officers and other layers of seen and unseen security to help ensure a safe environment,” she said.