Sheriff targets locals on Disney World Property

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The Orlando Sentinel has a story on the beefed up presence of the Sheriff Department doing traffic enforcement on Walt Disney Property roads. This was first reported on Disney forums last year when cast members started noticing that more and more of them were getting tickets while commuting to and from work. While both Disney and the Sheriff’s office claims that there is no favortism to tourists, the numbers in the Sentinel article show otherwise. I guarantee you that 80% of the drivers on Disney Property aren’t locals, but that was the ratio of tickets given to locals.

Before this crackdown began last year, the lack of enforcement had created a culture where high speeds and risky driving ran rampant. I remember seeing a number of roll-over accidents and other fender benders. Since the crackdown I don’t think I’ve seen any and crazy driving has been reduced. So I think this a good thing (but, hey, I haven’t been ticketed yet and there is one spot where I always am speeding because everybody speeds there) and will reduce injuries to locals and tourists creating pleasant memories all around.

Now if we could just get Disney to fix their parking lot system. That’s a huge mess.

6 thoughts on “Sheriff targets locals on Disney World Property”

  1. What’s wrong with the Parking Lots? Assuming of course, you are speaking of WDW and not DL, I have to disagree…

    As someone who worked in the parking lots at the Magic Kingdom/TTC I have to say that considering the mass influx of cars into that parking lot on any given day, it is handeled rather well…

    This is, after all, the 3rd largest parking lot in the world – large enough to hold DL and still park 500 cars…. And most of the people parking there are too excited or agitated to use reason enough to park otherwise…

    Long time reader, first time poster – love the blog, thank you.

  2. Amanda and Glenny

    This ride is going to be awesome. I Amanda Smith can not wait, but my friend Glenny will not go on.:( I can not wait until this summer. Glenny just got back from Florida.

  3. Ummm… Could the title of this blog entry be any more misleading? Did the poster even read the article?

    It specifically stated that no one group was being targeted over any other…

    And it seems this blog is quickly moving away from being an informative source of information and is becoming yet another “rant on Disney” site. 2 Thumbs Down!

  4. Actually, I did read the article and I thought it buried the Lede. That being that locals (many of them Cast Members) are being given tickets while Tourists are being let off the hook. Not by any directive from Disney or the Sheriffs office, but out of the good nature of the officer on the scene. The net result is that locals are bearing the brunt of this enforcement. Did you read the post? I also said I thought the enforcement was a good idea as safety on the roads had been an issue.

    Thanks for posting anyway, Moi.

  5. The Disney Blog becomming a “rant on Disney site”? Does “Moi” even read the blog on a regular basis?

  6. The title you “selected” stands in stark contrast to what the article actually states. It “buired” the lead? More like the lead never existed.

    The article went out of its way to state that no one population was being “targeted” (as you insist) and supported this fact with quotes from both Disney and the sheriff.

    Even with the larger number of tickets being issued to locals, that certainly does not suggest that they are being “targeted” by law enforcement.

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