While scrolling through my pictures looking for “S” shots for this week, I came across this pic that I just took this past weekend. This is a Disney Security Guard checking bags at the entrance to Magic Kingdom.
These Cast Members are some of the very first you encounter at the parks. As guests, we too often regard them with annoyance at having to stop and waste our precious park time to have our bag inspected. We get more annoyed if they are being too thorough in their duties, making us wait longer. We may even feel that they are violating our privacy when they look into our bags and see what personal items we have stowed in there. It’s a thankless job these men and women do, yet they do it with a smile.
These moments we “waste” waiting to pass through security should be a time to reflect on one of the reasons we keep going back to Disney year after year. Where else in the world can we go where we feel so safe??
And it’s not because we feel like these men and women are hovering over us, watching our every move like hawks. In reality, the security bag check is often the only interaction most guests will have with Disney Security. Yet this is only one layer of Disney’s security system. The vast security network throughout the parks and resorts is largely unnoticed, and I think we all prefer it that way, right?
So the next time you pass through a bag check to enter the parks, give Cast Members like a Nathan a smile, and a “thank you.” It’s the very least we can do for all they do for us.