Walt Disney World Increased Security Budget

Good to know!

In the wake of the recent tragedies in Orlando and Las Vegas, Disney is taking no chances when it comes to the safety of guests in and around the parks. For the second straight year, The Reedy Creek Improvement District, which includes the Disney-controlled cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, has increased the budget to cover the cost of outside law enforcement that assist Walt Disney World Security on Disney property.

From 2011 through 2015, Reedy Creek allocated $7 million for the public safety budget. For the 2018 fiscal year that began on October 1, the budget was drastically increased to $15.8 million, which will be used to hire Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies. Of course, Disney can’t disclose the specific number of deputies who are on patrol at any given time, which includes uniformed and plain clothes deputies. $8.3 million covers the cost of nearly 70 deputies, detectives, supervisors, administrative staff, vehicles, uniforms, weapons, and other equipment in an annual contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The remaining budgeted dollars will be used to hire additional off-duty deputies.

According to Jacquee Wahler, Walt Disney Worlds Vice President of Communications, ‘We have a comprehensive approach to security that includes measures that are visible and some that are not. We continuously review and adapt security procedures in coordination with law enforcement officials, but do not discuss specifics in order to avoid compromising their effectiveness.’

Do you feel the increased police presence is necessary on Disney property? Let us know in the comments.

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