Citing the safety of employees and guests, Universal Orlando Resorts continues to add security to its Orlando parks, even backstage. Metal detectors and a large increase in security employees are now noticeable security enhancements for guests arriving to the parks, but there are changes for Universal employees as well.
Universal Orlando has been increasing security over the past year, and has already replaced or installed new ID card readers in their buildings backstage but more enhancements are coming. Universal says the measures are not in response to any specific concern or threat, but that the safety of its employees and guests has always been the most important priority.
“As our resort continues to grow, we are taking another important step to enhance our overall approach to safety that we want to share with you,” Universal posted in a public message to employees. “Over the next several weeks, we will begin metal detection for all persons who enter property via Team Member gates. You may also see us test other technologies, such as x-ray equipment that will help us improve and enhance bag inspections, as we work to keep you safe.”
Employees’ bags were already subject to inspection and will remain subject to inspection before entry. Employees who set off the metal detector will be subject to a secondary screening and security will deny entry to all employees with prohibited items, such as weapons.
There was a violent stabbing at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park at the beginning of the year. Fredrick Torres allegedly used a pair of scissors to repeatedly stab Glenn Ferguson in the head and neck one day after Torres was fired by an independent vendor inside Islands of Adventure.
“We appreciate your patience as we continue our ongoing efforts to ensure Universal Orlando is the safest place possible to both work and play,” the company added.