I know that this issue has been discussed before, but we have a much bigger board than we did before and I'd like to bring this subject up again.
As everybody probably knows by now, I was at the Park last weekend visiting Club 33.
We got into Anaheim at 1:45 pm and had a 2:15 lunch reservation. Obviously we were running late , so we cleaned up in the hotel lobby bathroom (didn't even check-in), threw on the backpack and hauled booty over to the Park.
When we entered at the security checkpoint (by DCA) the lady looking thru my backpack see's my Swiss Army Knife (that my wife and kids got for me on Fathers Day) in a zippered compartment. This knife has 16 different tools(including 2 different length knife blades, 1.5" and 2.33")
She tells me that knives are not allowed on Disney Property.
Okay, my bad, now what? She tells me that if I'd like, I can take it back to my car (1/4 mile away down Harbor Blvd.) I explain that I have a 2:15 appointment inside the Park, and is it possible to give it to Guest Relations, which is very close to the checkpoint. "No, you can't do that". Okay, so can I throw it away? "No, you can't dispose of it in a trash receptacle on Disney property". Well, what the heck can I do with it? I have an appointment that I'm not missing! "You can leave it here with us, we'll give it to Anaheim PD and they will dispose of it". Fine. Take the knife.
You see, at this point I'm PO'd, because first of all, Disney doesn't give you a heads-up when coming on property about pocket knives in your backpacks until you're almost in, and a 1/2 hour away from the car. The second reason I'm bowed up is because they don't have an alternative plan for you if you do carry a pocket knife in your backpack.
Notice how I said,"in your backpack"? This is the point of my post:
You can carry a freakin' Uzi into Disneyland under your shirt, or a small firearm in your pocket, but try to bring a pocket knife in your backpack
and it's gone mister.
It's such a joke!
The next day, I came back to the Park. This time I brought my knife back
(Oh, I didn't mention that, did I? Yeah, I got my knife back. I won't say how, in order to protect the innocent, but yeah, I got it back )
Anyways, this time I put my knife in my pocket, and I walked right thru. As I was leaving the checkpoint, I turned to my wife and said," Boy, I sure feel safe now"
My point about this rant is how preposterous the Disneyland security checkpoints are. If Disney thinks that they are protecting themselves from a lawsuit by having a "security checkpoint" that doesn't protect the public, they are wrong.
And they aren't protecting the public from those that want to do harm. Bad guys aren't going to be deterred by the security checkpoints, they'll just carry the contraband in on their bodies.
So just do away with 'em. They're stupid and ineffective!
And out of curiousity, does anybody here feel that the checkpoints are doing a good job of keeping Disneyland safe?
Let the flaming begin...