PHOTOS - Permits filed for arrival experience improvements at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Feb 25, 2019 in "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

In a recent filing with the South Florida Water Management District, Disney has outlined plans to improve the arrival experience for guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The plans show a rerouting of the tram to drop guests off slightly further back from the entrance, and then building a new security checkpoint area approximately in the location of the current tram drop-off position.

Over the past year Disney has been embarking on a number of projects to improve guest arrival at the parks, with the most significant being at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will have an entirely new entrance. Improvements are continuing at the Magic Kingdom, which has already seen its security screening move away from the park entrance to other areas such as the TTC and Resorts. Similar work is expected next at Epcot as parts of its recently unveiled entrance redesign.

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Article Posted: Feb 25, 2019 / 1:19pm ET
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Magic FeatherAug 18, 2020

Ok. I’m under the impression that MK will be the last park to get them, and may not get them for a while. The sheer number of checkpoints that MK has, alongside the costlier nature of the machines/backordered nature of them, will make the MK’s 7 (and soon to be 8) security checkpoints the last to get them. I’m also under the partial impression that there may be some other challenges for implementing them at the Monorail stops.

RteetzAug 18, 2020


Magic FeatherAug 17, 2020

Just double checking: Currently Evolv scanners have been deployed to IG, AK, and HS, while still waiting on all MK and Epcot Main Entrance, right?

kevlightyearAug 17, 2020

New Animal Kingdom entrance added to map: Previous version for posterity:

RteetzAug 15, 2020

RiderJul 18, 2020

Four, I think. Two at each open lane. That seems to be enough for the crowds they have right now.

MagicWDIJul 18, 2020

So with a week or so of the new Envolv Express scanners at AK, how's everything going to far? I hear the only thing you need to take out is an umbrella? And you just hold it in front of you, no stopping. And since there are little to no photos of it in action, how many of the scanners do they have?

halltdJul 04, 2020

It's a good thing they built these MASSIVE new security checkpoints and still have the tents out front. :rolleyes: Couldn't they do the temp scanning at the same time as security checks? They must have a minimum requirement to keep these temporary tents around. LOL! They just won't die.

JoeCamelJul 04, 2020

Looks like everyone gets the mark of satan on their foreheads. Might use the thermals to single someone out of the crowd but they are not that reliable for mass scanning unless there is a dedicated chute. Nothing like that here. Pretty sure they think temp checks won't last long

TrainChasersJul 04, 2020

It never felt too small to me but the big improvement is now I won’t have to try to deal with security with a Joffreys in hand on my way into the park. (The Joffreys used to be right outside the security check, now it’s right inside the check.)

TheGuyThatMakesSwordsJul 04, 2020

Gotta ask about this (if you know).... Was Disney bright enough to use thermal IP cams? Or are they going to try to do this by hand?

TrainChasersJul 04, 2020

The post you quoted clearly said it was good news that the tram stops are completed because it added a 10 minute walk last fall. Nobody was suggesting the newly completed tram stops would add 10 minutes. Of course if no trams are running that WILL add a 10 minute walk in some cases.

marni1971Jul 04, 2020

Comparison time

Rose&CrownJul 04, 2020

The new AK entrance is such an improvement. The old security area was entirely too small. I also like how open the MK entrance feels