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Old 06-23-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Beaches at Disney now open again but with restrictions

According to WDWmagic the beaches at WDW are now reopen but with time constraints - sunrise to an hour before sunset - and there will be CM's watching them. Hindsight is 20/20 and that's probably how it should have been 30 years ago when the beaches were originally closed to swimming but at least something is being done. Even though the marinas are open again too, I for one won't be renting a boat anytime soon. I'll go on the ones manned by Disney but not one I operate.


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I'm glad to hear that boat rentals are back up! My kids love driving the mouseboats around the 7 seas lagoon. Its a Disney tradition we would miss if they had permanently eliminated it.
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I am glad the beaches are open again but I totally agree with the restrictions. I think additional measures need to be taken during the mating season when gators are more aggressive. I hope that something can be done to allow firework viewing & the Electrical Water Pageant from the beaches at some point - not sure what that is though. Just cannot imagine not viewing these Disney classic attractions from the beaches.
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I too am happy they are open again but do not like the restrictions. Some extra CM to enforce people to stay back during certain hours would seem a better option to me than to close them at sunset.
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I too am happy they are open again but do not like the restrictions. Some extra CM to enforce people to stay back during certain hours would seem a better option to me than to close them at sunset.
The restrictions are there for safety. Alligators feed at night - I think closing an hour before sunset is a wise choice. Especially if you consider you're not going to see a dark alligator, in dark water when it's dark out. Having extra CM's won't make it any safer but making sure no one on the beach is.
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The restrictions are there for safety. Alligators feed at night - I think closing an hour before sunset is a wise choice. Especially if you consider you're not going to see a dark alligator, in dark water when it's dark out. Having extra CM's won't make it any safer but making sure no one on the beach is.
If CMs are there to keep people so many feet back from the shore or within designated areas on the beach it would still be pretty safe. There is not a lot of alligators that are regularly coming to shore every night, it is very rare as they typically avoid people.
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If CMs are there to keep people so many feet back from the shore or within designated areas on the beach it would still be pretty safe. There is not a lot of alligators that are regularly coming to shore every night, it is very rare as they typically avoid people.
It could be but if for some reason a gator does come on the beach, it would probably cause mass hysteria trying to clear the beach so it's easier just to keep people off in the first place. And as for avoiding people, if people are indeed feeding them, then no they won't be avoiding us - they'll associate us to food they don't have to hunt.
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I'm sure Disney will also be including signage and notices at places where people have been reported feeding alligators. If there are indeed idiots feeding alligators at the Poly Bungalows, I'm confident Disney will use that as a reason for asking the guest to leave the property.

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I am glad that the beaches are back open - at least during the day.
I am just wondering how difficult it is going to be to watch the Electrical Water Parade. I understand the need to close the beaches at night, but I am wondering where I need to stand to view the parade. I hope that someone will post their experience with the new changes.
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I'm supportive of any safety measures Disney is implementing here. The tragedy that happened was horrific and I would rather the new measures be more strict than necessary than too lax. As it is, though, I think they hit a good balance.
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