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There's A Chilling Reason Disney Doesn't Have "Do Not Disturb" Signs Anymore

Like many hotels and resorts, Disney's accommodations used to offer guests "Do Not Disturb" signs for their doors. These signs could be left on for as long as the guest wanted their room to remain un-entered, untouched, and undisturbed.

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However, Disney recently took away these signs, and the privileges that come along with them. Instead of "Do Not Disturb" signs, there are now "Room Occupied" signs. These signs no longer prevent Disney employees from entering your room, though.

"The Disney Resort hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room, even when this sign is displayed, for maintenance, safety, security or any other purpose," read the new signs.

Twitter user HilaryLovesFireworks gained access to one of the new signs and posted it on Twitter.

Following suit, Hilton Hotels and Resorts changed it's policies regarding Do Not Disturb signs, though they will still allow them to be on the doors. The new policy through Hilton recommends that employees alert security or a manager if they notice a Do Not Disturb sign has been in use for more than 24 hours.

So why the sudden, and strict, change to the classic sign?

According to multiple reports, both companies began working on new policies after the Las Vegas Massacre on October 1st. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, spent several days at the Mandalay Bay hotel on the Vegas strip, where he left a Do Not Disturb sign on his door. In the room, he had ten suitcases containing 23 weapons. Paddock killed 58 people, and injured over 500 others.

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After the brutal attack, Wynn Las Vegas, located a few miles from Mandalay Bay, updated their "do not disturb" policy to allow staff to check on rooms every 12 hours.

"We did this for guest safety and health," said Wynn Resorts chief marketing officer, Michael Weaver.

"Personally I think it's a good idea," English tourist Peter Elliot said of the changes at The Orleans Casino, a hotel in Vegas. "In fact, I would say after 24 hours surely they should be investigating as to what's going on or why the room hasn't been vacated or the cleaners can't be admitted."

The hope is that these new security protocols will reduce the risk of violence or other crimes inside resorts and hotels. But, as a professor at Cornell University, Steven Carvell, pointed out, it's also for possible health concerns.

“They need to ensure, for instance, that a guest isn’t dead or unconscious,” he said.

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What do you think of Disney's new policy?

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