Just days after the tragedy in which gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in a crowded nightclub in Orlando, Walt Disney World has filed several notices of commencements with the Orange County comptroller’s office for increased security in the Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) area of the resort. Recent reports have come to light that suggest Mateen had previously spent time — and perhaps scoped out — the club as well as Disney Springs as potential attack sites.
Security analysts were quick to point out that while The Pulse had an undercover officer on duty, it lacked metal detectors to deter attacks and while Disney has begun employing metal detectors at its theme parks’ entrances for select screenings, the Disney Springs public shopping district appears to be wide open.
The notices of commencement name several shops and popular areas of the district including Splitsville, Characters in Flight, Raglan Road, Days of Christmas, STK, Uniqlo, Downtown Disney Dock Stage, Waterfront Stage and Disney Springs Causeway in addition to the House of Beer at the Four Seasons.
The company named in the notices is Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc. which does not appear to manufacture or sell metal detectors, but rather appears to focus on video surveillance. However this is likely only a sliver of increased security measures to take place in the massive, open shopping district.