Walt Disney World Resorts’ Concealed Carry Policies

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Dear Editor,

I am a USCCA member, and I recently made a trip to the Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida. I’ve consulted many a website, including USCCA’s, and talked to a lot of gun owners as well as searching the Disney websites high and low and never found a published word about their concealed carry policies. Even my brother-in-law who is a Florida narcotics detective could not answer the question for me. I finally located a source within Disney’s organization that sent me the attached email. Their policies are quite clear. I thought this might be helpful to other USCCA members.

Regards,

— Phil Paonessa

 

Dear Phil,

Thank you for contacting the Walt Disney World Resort.

It may interest you to know we have a strict policy regarding firearms.

Our policy is that no guns are permitted in our theme Parks or Resorts.

If a resort guest brings one on property, it must be locked up in the safe deposit boxes at the front desk, not in a room safe. If guests visiting our theme parks bring in firearms, it must either be left in their vehicle, or checked in with security when entering the park. Only on-duty law enforcement officers whose agency has jurisdiction at the Walt Disney World Resort may carry any weapon.

If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us.

Sincerely,

— Betsy Mayer, WDW Online Communications

 

PLEASE NOTE: All information is subject to change without notice and should be confirmed just prior to your visit.

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6 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Do you happen to have the contact information for Ms. Mayer?

  2. The parks and resorts would actually be safer if the did allow for concealed carry, of course.

  3. So what were you expecting? WDW is one of the most liberal places on earth.

  4. ‘Only on-duty law enforcement officers whose agency has jurisdiction at the Walt Disney World Resort may carry any weapon.’

    Technically speaking, any off-duty Officer in the State has jurisdiction at the Resort, since the authority of an Officer extends to anywhere in that state.

  5. It is apparent that Disney rules only allow their police and illegal bad guys may carry concealed. Honest, forth right Americans who legally carry by Federal and State law cannot.

    Liberal Disney people need to get their heads out of their asses.

    I will follow their rules – but I will not be happy.

  6. You can actually legally carry in WDW as long as your permit is valid in Florida. They don’t like it and if noticed will ask you to leave. However, by state law places banning weapons that are not specifically mentioned as “off limits” in the state law DO NOT HAVE FORCE OF LAW. Meaning, amusement parks are not listed under FL state law as “off limits”. Even if WDW had signs posted all over saying no guns allowed (They don’t) . It would still be legal for you to carry in. However, if noticed you will be asked to leave immediately. And if you refuse, then you will be in the wrong. My advice, small pocket piece you are able to fully close in a zipper pocket on your body. No one notices, plus it will not fall out on any rides.

    Do “No Gun Signs” Have the Force of Law?
    “NO”
    “Handgunlaw.us highly recommends that you not enter a place that is posted “No Firearms” no matter what
    the state laws read/mean on signage. We recommend you print out the No Guns = No Money Cards and
    give one to the owner of the establishment that has the signage.” As responsible gun owners and upholders of
    the 2nd Amendment we should also honor the rights of property owners to control their own property even if
    we disagree with them.”

    “No Firearm” signs in Florida have no force of law unless they are posted on property that is specifically
    mentioned in State Law as being off limits to those with a Permit/License to Carry. If you are in a place not
    specifically mentioned in the law that is posted and they ask you to leave, you must leave. If you refuse to
    leave then you are breaking the law and can be charged. Even if the property is not posted and you are asked
    to leave you must leave. Always be aware of the possibility that responding Police Officers who may have
    been called without your knowledge and may not know the laws on trespass etc. could arrest you even if you
    are within the law.

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