It's something every parent fears, and most of us have done...losing a child. For most of us, we have found our child quickly and have only our memories of those horrible moments. Lets keep it that way, shall we?
We recently went to Disney, and I interviewed a member of Disney security. My basic question was: what can I do if I lose my child at Disney? His answer was reassuring!
Prepare before you go.
Plan on brightly colored and/or matching outfits that stand out in a crowd. It can get crazy in the parks, and it is helpful to spot your party quickly.
Take a picture.
Take a picture of your child upon entering the park. It will help identify the clothing they are wearing, and what they look like THAT DAY.
Phone Number ID.
If your child has the ability to talk, and remember your cell phone number, this is the perfect time to start working on it. If not, there are aids that you can make, and buy to help. A simple idea project is to make a beaded bracelet
with your phone number on it. If you aren't crafty, you can order one on Amazon
Talk to your kiddos about what to do if they can't find you.
I always tell my kids to look for another mom with kids, but at Disney there is an even better option. Find a cast member. Anyone wearing a costume
knows what to do if they encounter a child without their adult. Upon arrival, show your children what a cast member wearing a badge looks like.
An Eye in the sky.
Its true. Disney has cameras EVERYWHERE. The guard that I interviewed said they have hundreds of cameras in locations all over the park. He said they often have an eye on children who wander before anyone else notices. (That made me breathe easier!)
Forget your bracelet, or have a non-verbal child? Don't worry.
They have special stickers, and I used them on R3. All you have to do is walk into City Hall or the Chamber or Commerce (depending on the park), and ask for one. Those stickers let the cast members know that that kiddo needs a little extra attention.
If your child does become lost, here is the information for Disneyland
and Disney World
. I sincerely hope you never need to use these resources, but having a plan can relieve the stress and let you enjoy Disney!
Have you ever lost a child at Disney? What is your best advice about what to do?
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