If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World during “peak season” you know that the parks can be busy. And even during the less busy seasons, there are still a lot of people! Although this may not bother most kids, it can make some parents nervous. Disney is a very safe place with tons of Cast Members all over the place. Not only are they there to help with any questions and helping lines move quickly and effectively, but they are also there to help the children. Children are never lost in Disney, it is the parents who can’t keep up that are lost.
When parents are lost Cast Members will keep a close eye on your children. They are trained to try and spot the problem before the child panics. When I was a Cast Member in Fantasyland, if I spotted a case of Lost Parent I would ask Wendy Darling to talk to the newest little Princess. Wendy and the child talked about Neverland and Peter Pan while I helped locate the parents. When the parents were reunited with their child the child was smiling and had a handful of stickers as well as a unique experience with Wendy she would never forget.
Just from watching guests I’ve seen some great ideas used to keep an eye on their children. Parents will get shirts that match the family, especially in tour groups or for family reunions. I have also see children with glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces. Little girls can wrap the bracelets around their ponytails to make them easier to spot. Some parents have made bracelets for their children with the parents phone number and resort written on them. Other parents have written the phone number and last name on the inside of the child’s shirt. I would not recommend writing the child’s name though. The only time I really noticed the child’s name was on the buttons that Disney gave out for celebrating an occasion.
The next time you plan on visiting Disney with your little Prince, Princess, or Pirate and you are worried about them consider unique and fun ways to make them stand out. Come up with places you would meet should you get separated. Also point out what Cast Members look like, with their name tags and costumes. Lost parents can feel safer with their children wearing their phone number on them and being easier to spot with unique shirts, glow in the dark bracelets, and under the watchful eye of Cast Members.
Jess was born and raised on Long Island, New York but once college began so did her adventures. She’s lived in Florida, Wisconsin, and now South Carolina. Her family is part of the Disney Vacation Club and has been visiting since she was a little girl, and continuously goes every year. Besides being a big Disney fan she has also been a Disney Cast Member working in Magic Kingdom, and she counts it as one of the most magical experiences. She worked with everyone’s favorite elephant Dumbo, Cinderella’s Carousel, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. Jess has also visited Disneyland, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, and gone on two Disney Cruises. She has so many great memories from Disney besides running half marathons and 5ks, birthday parties, and family reunions. If asked where she would want to go it is almost always Disney, and when asked why, it is almost always because she can eat awesome gluten free food! And it doesn’t hurt that there is always faith, trust, and pixie dust with magic in the air!