This is why Disney World is banning 'Do Not Disturb' signs at its hotels
Part and parcel of staying at a hotel is getting a 'Do Not Disturb' sign. Much like those comfy white slippers and the little chocolates that they leave on your pillowcases, these signs are a basic essential of a vacation. Even though you're never likely to use it, you can't help but giggle at the thought of it. The fact is, these signs tend to be used for when people are getting down with a bit of hanky-panky in the bedroom, and the likelihood is that your sign has a cheeky history to it.
However, while these little door hangers are commonplace in the majority of hotels and resorts across the globe, one place that has stopped providing them is Disney World.
Disney has already decided to remove the signs from four of the company's official hotels in Florida and it's being widely reported that the scheme could be rolled out across all of their sites in the near future.
Instead of receiving the traditional Do Not Disturb sign, guests at the resorts will now be given 'Room Occupied' signs instead. The difference between the signs is that the new one will allow maintenance and housekeeping staff to enter the room as part of the new 'Right To Enter' scheme that the company are currently in the process of rolling out.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, rather than avoiding a room that has a sign on the door, staff will now be required to knock on the door before they enter, but can still walk in after doing so.
Recent guests of the hotel are being told about the new scheme, which only came into operation last week. The reason behind the change of policy is rumored to be as a response to the horrifying shootings which took place in Las Vegas last year.
In October 2017, Stephen Paddock killed 59 people and injured more than 500 after he began shooting from the window of his room on the 32nd floor of a hotel at the crowds below. The gunman had hidden thousands of rounds of ammunition and weaponry in his room before the attack, but it all went undiscovered after he had put a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door.
While Disney has refused to officially comment on the change of policy, they did tell the Orlando Sentinel that the decision had been made for a variety of different reasons, including safety, security and the guest experience at the resort. The scheme has been rolled out at the Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower hotels so far.
So, if you are planning on going on a romantic getaway to Disney anytime soon, make sure that you get all your lovemaking done before housekeeping arrives. Otherwise, Disney is going to have plenty of cleaners and maintenance staff calling in sick due to shock and stress-related illnesses.