Interesting news was recently announced regarding some Disney World Resort hotels. The news has been met with mixed feelings from guests who stay on property.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney has taken away the “Do Not Disturb” signs at a few hotels. The signs are used when guests do not want anyone enter their room. In replacement of the “Do Not Disturb” signs Disney has put “Room Occupied” signs in the rooms for guests to use. The absence of the “Do Not Disturb” signs gives housekeeping and maintenance the ability to enter the rooms each day. However, the staff must knock and identify themselves if the “Room Occupied” sign is on the door.
Safety is definitely one of the reasons for this change in procedure, but there are other reasons that Disney sited. Disney has been adding more and more safety features around property lately, like the metal detectors at the parks. Guest and cast member safety is, of course, an important factor in these decisions.
Right now this new procedure is only being done at the monorail hotels: the Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Contemporary Resort, and Bay Lake Tower. There is no word on whether Disney plans to extend this procedure to other hotels, but I can’t imagine they would just do this at one set of hotels and not the other hotels on property.
Not everyone is happy about this change. Some people would prefer not to have anyone enter their room when they are not there. Guests can always voice their concerns to the front desk if they are uncomfortable with someone being in their room while they are out.
What do you think about this procedure change?
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