is a Florida Highway Patrolman. When the park first opened, Disney had a
contract with FHP for security. They did not allow guns in the park.
Since this is part of a patrolman's uniform and cannot be removed for any
reason, they had to stay out in the parking lot. Sounds pretty farfetched
but it's true. My Dad was there.
REPORTED: Debra Faison 29 AUG 96
Security is equiped with land hosts (costumed in park and in resort hosts), motors (security vans),
R.T.O.'s (undercover hosts), investigators, loss prevention specialists, communication dispatchers,
R.S.O's (resort security officers), supervisors, and managers.
Disney has 10 Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies in cruisers on property around the clock and 6 O.C.S.O. detectives on property 14 hours of the day.
At last count there were 1,248 men and women in the Disney security department.
REPORTED: Brian 14 SEP 98
You may never see Disney Security walking around, but they are there, in plain clothes, and they
are called Foxes.
REPORTED: Andrew 01 SEP 97
I knew of two undercover people who worked Main Street looking for theft in
the gift shops. They work regular clothes, and usually had a Disney
baseball cap on. They always looked at people's hands - since as one told
me, "that is what people use to steal with."
CONFIRMED: L. Borne 25 JAN 96
The "undercover" security personel are known as "foxes". There are
usually 2 or 3 working at any given time. They can be found at all three
WDW Theme Parks and I assume the same can be said for the DL, DP, & TD.
Their main area of operations are the shops and stores located
throughout the parks. They are trained to spot shoplifters and work in
conjunction with uniformed security personel. Also, they are equiped
with security radios, usually kept in the "tourist" type bag they are
carrying. The "fox" position is reserved for seinor members of security
and is a much coveted position. In order to blend in with the crowd they
wear "vacation" clothes, much more desireable than the miserable
CONFIRMED: Jim Lawlor 3 DEC 96
The undercover security hosts must request that position. They are no longer called foxes.
They are now called R.T.O. (retail theft operative). Disney has a no tolarance policy.
This policy means that if you are even caught taking a two dollar pencil you will be prosecuted
by the Disney company.
CONFIRMED: Brian 14 SEP 98
Security at the Haunted Mansion.
There are Cast Members dressed in black who are placed in various locations
throughout the attraction to catch "wandering ghosts."
REPORTED: Jennifer Roberts 06 MAY 96
In the Haunted Mansion they don't always have Cast Members in black
to watch the attraction - usually only in high seasons or
things like Grad Night. They do, however, have a series of
pressure-sensative mats all around the ride track which will
detect and alert the operators if any non-ghostly form sets
foot on them. You can see them when your buggie nears the
unloading area (on the side nearest to the wall). Just little
mats with a wire running away from it. Don't get any ideas
about sneaking around in attractions such as this, though.
Most of the serious injuries occur when people try to
carhop on things like the People Mover or Haunted Mansion.
Some of these accidents were gruesome in nature, all due to
people being "daring" and "stupid." Don't try it.
UPDATE: Allen Huffman 13 MAY 96
Disney Security uses infrared surveillance cameras
in the dark areas of rides to ensure guest safety, and to make sure no one tries to get off the rides.
REPORTED: Mark Matthews 05 JUL 95
Infrared lights are used to monitor many inside rides. I work for a supplier of security equipment,
including IR lights which were purchased for this particular use by Walt Disney World.
CONFIRMED: John 12 JUL 95
Yes, there are infrared sensors as well as pressure-sensitive mats along the ride paths.
CONFIRMED: Michael Littell 04 OCT 95
On the discussion of IR cameras: This is very true and are quite visible on many rides.
For example, on Pirates in the Magic Kingdom, the guy in the little loft above where you
board the ride is actually watching video screens from the cameras (I have been up there and seen them).
When on the rides, look backward and you will notice very dark purple "spot" lights pointing right at you.
That is the IR light source, the camera is right next to it. They are also quite visible on
Space Mountain, especially as you start up the ramps. This is why they do not want flash pictures
during the ride. Turns out that the flash washes out the cameras for half a minute or so and nothing on
that camera can be seen.
CONFIRMED: Owen Rubin 08 NOV 95
Having spent plenty of time
in both the Pirates and BTM towers (The stories I could tell! Wow!), I
can say that camera flashes cause only a momentary blur on the IR cameras. The real reason
for banning flash photos is that the bright light of a flash annoys the
heck out of other guests in a darkened room.
UPDATE: Robert Niles 23 JAN 96
The infrared cameras, located in any attraction that is dark, are monitored by an attractions Cast Member
working that ride. On all three mountains, the tower operator is the monitor and on Tomorrowland
Transit Authority it is the loading operator. Actually, any guests can watch too, since these monitors
are facing the queue.
CONFIRMED: Jeremy Carr 09 NOV 95
In the Haunted Mansion, heat-sensitive IR cameras are used. If heat is detected, the ride
will stop and you will hear a normal voice saying something like, "the happy haunts have gotten out of hand. Please stay in your buggy and the ride will resume momentarily." This also means that Cast Members can not sit in the heat-sensitive areas to watch the guests
CORRECTION: Mickey Mouse 01 NOV 96
There are no cameras on the ride "It's a Small World After All" but there is one gaurd tower so think twice befor you take your date on this ride.
CLARIFICATION: Jonathan West 03 JAN 97
There are no IR or indeed any cameras in the Haunted Mansion. The only security system in the ride is the security mat array called the 'Intrusion System'. After you board your doom-buggy, you will pass the ride control panel on the left. The last panel is the intrusion information panel. It features a linear map of the ride path, with two colored LED's in each mat location along the path. If the red led is lit, the system has detected an intrusion at that location. The intrusion system responds with a shrill beeping sound and stops the ride system, and the load and unload belts. The ride operators manually cue the announcements via pushbuttons on the control panel. The other LED (amber) is there to light up when the test button is pushed to confirm an intrusion mat's functionality. There are no functional restrictions to where a Cast Member may place himself in the ride. I was required to do show quality in the mansion many, many times, and I know it like the back of my hand. I refer, of course, to the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion.
CLARIFICATION: Shawn Potts 24 JAN 97
A Cast Member has told me that there are over 500 hidden cameras in Walt Disney World.
CONFIRMED: Bryan Yeager 08 JUL 98
CONFIRMED: Matt Steninger 01 JUL 98
There are cameras throughout the whole property, many that you cannot even see. Only the cameras
for "alarmed" areas and merchandise areas are monitored by security 24 hours a day.
The ride cameras are monotored by the ride operators.
CONFIRMED: Brian 14 SEP 98
When you enter the dark tunnel that contains the City Scape on the TTA, look behind you when you are approx. 20 feet in the tunnel. You will see a camera with a faint red spotlight on it. This is an infrared security camera.
CONFIRMED: Josh Verde 02 MAR 99
They are night vision not IR. There are no heat sensors.
UPDATE: Brian 01 MAR 99
The Infrared cameras used in several Disney attractions are not monitored by security. They are monitored by attractions Cast Members in each ride's "tower" or control room. Tower is a regular rotation position at Pirates, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain RR among others.
UPDATE: Safari Steve: Jungle Skipper