The happiest place on earth is battening down the hatches.
In the wake of the recent attacks on Paris and San Bernardino, Walt Disney World — along other theme parks like Sea World and Universal Studios — are beefing up security measures for the rest of the holiday season.
As of Thursday, Disney World has installed metal detectors at the park's entrance. California's Disneyland is scheduled to follow suit next week.
The parks are also discontinuing the sale of toy guns at their stores and officially banning guests over the age of 14 from entering the park wearing costumes.
This decision to tighten security came after the federal Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin which stated they were "especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places."
Because of this, Disney has also increased the number of security guards and deputies, as well as adding specially trained patrol dogs.
The House of Mouse released the following statement about the enhanced security:
"We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate."
It's sad that we live in a world where Disney feels that this is a necessary step, but safety should always be paramount.
What do YOU think about the heightened security measures?