In June, it was reported that Disney properties were testing out a new security system technology at their Disney Springs location in Lake Buena Vista, Florida signaling a move to a contactless delivery of security for it’s guests. The product is called Evolv Express from Evolv Technology and it is the first no-stop weapons-screening system built to automatically screen groups of people as they walk through without slowing or stopping.
If you have visited Walt Disney World, you will relate to the slow check-in and security process that has been in place where a cast member physically searches your bags and items prior to stepping thru a common metal detector. The exact procedure often varied from cast member to the next and presented the possibility of human error. With the rapid move to contactless and social distancing as a necessity for business, Disney World was able to improve it’s ability to process park-goers faster while also creating a safer way to screen guests.
As the gates opened on Tuesday for the soft reopening of Disney World for cast members and their families, the new Evolv Express screening technology is currently present at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is expected to be in place at the other parks in the near future. The Evolv Express is programmed to detect certain objects including weapons which will alert the cast members via tablet who will provide a secondary security check.
Another wrinkle added to increase health and safety in the parks is the requirement of masks worn for every guest ages 2 and up. We’ve learned that gaiter-type masks will not be allowed at the Disney Parks and that Walt Disney World has begun adding face mask vending machines where you can purchase a mask for $2.