Why Disney hotels are replacing ‘Don’t disturb’ with ‘Room occupied’

Do not disturb — without knocking.

Some Walt Disney World hotel rooms became a lot less private last week as several Orlando resorts got rid of their “Do Not Disturb” signs, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Four resorts — including the Polynesian Village Resort and Grand Floridian Resort & Spa — will now use “Room Occupied” signs, which won’t stop employees from entering.

The new signage came as Disney updated its right-to-entry policy. The company did not release a statement on what prompted the change, but the move follows the Oct. 1 massacre at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas that killed 58 concert attendees.

Under the new guidelines, hotel staffers must knock and identify themselves before entering when there is a “Room Occupied” sign displayed, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“The hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purposes including, but not limited to, performing maintenance and repairs or checking on the safety and security of guests and property,” the terms of service state, according to Walt Disney World News Today.

Disney said they’ll individually address guests’ concerns about employees entering room when they’re not present. The hotel policy change will also be implemented at the Contemporary Resort and its connected Bay Lake Tower. Security measures at other Disney hotels and resorts are under evaluation, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Culled from New York Post


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