Taking young kids on vacation can feel overwhelming anywhere you go these days but considering that Magic Kingdom can see an average of 50,000+ visitors a day, it can be terrifying to imagine getting separated from your child there. We don’t want you to miss out on those magical vacation memories because of this, so we came up with some tips to put your mind at ease!
Safe Children At Disney World
The fear of a missing child can be very stressful and scary. We have some great tips to ensure safe children at Disney World! Before you even enter the park, there are some things you can do to prepare and will help keep stress levels down for everyone!
Before Entering The Parks
Learn Contact Information: Start by having your children memorize your phone number as well as your first and last name. These are things we don’t always teach our young children but it’s important information to know if they ever become separated from you. You can purchase temporary tattoos that can be customized with names and numbers or you can write this information on their Magic Bands. Click this link to find out more: SAFETYTAT
Begin each day with a family photo: Not only is this great for your memories but it will also let you have a photo of what each person is wearing that day should anyone get separated. In a moment of panic, it is great to have an up to date photo that is easy for you to show.
Matching Clothes: Consider dressing the family in the same, bright colors. This makes it a little easier to identify them in a large crowd. We do recommend NOT putting your child’s name on their clothing.
Talk to Them: Explain to your children that you are visiting a large park and it is very important to stay with you at all times. Disney World has so many wonderful things to look at and experience that it is easy for a child to be admiring their surroundings and wander off without realizing you are no longer with them or in site. Stress the importance of holding onto you or even a stroller if it is available.
Strollers and Arm Wristlets: Even if you think your child does not need a stroller, think about how large the parks are and how young children get tired very easy from all the walking that you do. A tired kid is not always a happy one. Plus, having a stroller makes it convenient to hold drinks or even a small backpack with snacks!
If your child is too young to keep in a stroller but not quite old enough to not wander, I would recommend the dreaded backpack “leash” (I know, the horror) or even arm wristlets that attach to the child and then yourself. These give the child the freedom to walk around but also lets them stay close enough to you that you don’t have to worry about them getting lost.
One of our favorites is the Mickey Anti-Lost Leash.
Inside The Parks
Once inside the parks, there are some additional steps you can take to make sure you all stay together and what to do if someone is separated:
Pick a Meeting Place: Find a place that is not in the middle of all the hustle and bustle to be your meeting place in case you become separated. Make sure this location is very specific such as the flagpole at the beginning of main street or the entrance to a specific store/restaurant/ride. Avoid broad locations such as Cinderella’s Castle. While this is a very prominent location, it also has many walkways leading to it so it can make it hard to locate someone.
Identify Cast Members (Disney Employees): Point out to your younger children how to identify a Cast Member. They are mostly recognizable by their attire but be sure they know each Cast Member has a name badge that is always visible. All Cast Members are properly trained in how to locate a “missing parent” while keeping the child at ease. They are trained to stay out in open while with a child to make it easier for a parent to locate them. They will also call for the security team who will scan the area for the parents. If the parents cannot be located nearby, they will take the child to the Baby Care Center (If there is not a Baby Care Center then they will be at First Aid). Be sure to let your child know that no Cast Member will ever ask them to leave the park. Stress that they should NEVER leave the park with someone other their guardian.
Older Children: I know older kids have cell phones but there is a chance the phone could die or even be lost. Having a designated meeting spot is always a good idea. Make sure you and your teen grab a portable charger! This works well with “lost” husbands, as well!
I hope these tips have helped take some of the stress out of your Disney World vacation. Have you ever experienced this while visiting a Disney Park? Have you ever been a “missing parent“? We would love to hear about your experience. Join our Facebook Group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, and tell us about it!
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