Today marks the first day the Magic Kingdom will implement new bag screening and security check locations. The goal is to clear up the congestion directly in front of the park, by extending the security envelope outward.
For guests parking at the TTC parking lot, bag checks and security screenings will now happen before you board the express Monorail or Ferry across the Seven Seas Lagoon. To accomplish this Disney has built new drop off and pick up stations for the parking lot trams.
Having the screening there will mean guests who bring prohibited items will have a shorter journey to return them to their car.
Guests arriving on foot (the Polynesian has a walkway), dropped off via car, or via non-Disney bus or shuttle to the TTC will likely be routed through the new screening area.
Guests who arrive via bus will now go through screenings closer to the bus loop, on the other side of the Monorail beam.
Guests who arrive on foot from the Contemporary Resort will be screened as you exit the walkway before you get to the Magic Kingdom, probably at the same screening tents used by those arriving via bus.
Guests arriving via resort boat, not the ferry, will be screened before exiting the dock area at the Magic Kingdom
The biggest change will be for monorail resort guests who will now face screening before they board the Monorail at their resort. It is going to make resort hopping during the holidays a bit less convenient.
Note that the new security envelope means guests exiting the secure zone will also have to go through staffed check points.
The process will improve for guests boarding the monorail at EPCOT and transferring to the Magic Kingdom. The Monorail Station at EPCOT is inside their secure zone, so guests have already been screened before they get the the TTC and transfer to either Monorail beam.
It will be less convenient for guests going the other way (TTC to EPCOT) via the monorail. They will now have to be screened twice.
It will be interesting to see how this system works when it encounters its first big crowds, likely around Memorial Day Weekend. The good news is they’ll have time to work out most of the bugs by then.