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Disney theme parks ban toy guns and install metal detectors

Disney theme parks ban toy guns and install metal detectors

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Disney is quietly banning toy guns, such as "toy blasters," from its theme parks, as it also installs metal detectors to improve security.

According to reports from The Wrap and Variety, which have been confirmed by a Disney spokesperson, Disney updated its park rules on Thursday to ban any "objects that appear to be weapons" from its California and Florida parks, and will discontinue the sales of such objects. The rules were also updated to forbid costumes on any guests 14 years old or older, and to generally ban masks from the parks. Disney has also reportedly installed metal detectors at security checks in its parks, as have Universal Studios and SeaWorld parks.

"We continually review our comprehensive approach to security and are implementing additional security measures, as appropriate," the spokesperson for the parks told The Verge.

Threats of gun violence in the United States have increasingly led to similar policies for public events. Many theaters have banned costumes for customers seeing the latest Star Wars installment, which premieres widely today.

Update, 4:15 PM ET: Updated to include confirmation from Disney spokesperson.