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Keep Kids Safe in Walt Disney World

Taking a trip to Walt Disney World with the whole family is a magical experience.  There is so much that everyone can enjoy together while in Walt Disney World.  From riding rides together to watching evening shows together, the whole family can do it all together.

When thinking of taking the whole family to Walt Disney World, it is important to be proactive when it comes to keeping everyone safe.  Walt Disney World is an extremely safe destination for families; however, it is important to stay proactive.

See our tips to help keep your kids safe in Walt Disney World.

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ID Tags

One tip that we like for if your little ones struggle with communicating important information or if you are worried they will panic and not be able to communicate, think about how you can get this information on your little ones’ bodies.

Some families look at tattoos that have important information such as cell phone numbers and names.  Another option would be ID tags that you can make at places like Walmart with important information.  These can be worn or even attached to a shoe if they don’t like wearing necklaces or bracelets.

This is a great option for those that are super young.  Stickers could also be used to place on the inside of clothing, but you would want to make sure that they can withstand the elements just as heat and rain.

Before heading down to Walt Disney World, think about how well your kids are able to communicate with adults and then determine if an ID would be a good option to help keep them safe.

Names are Important

This might sound silly, but make sure your little one knows your actual name.  Although it is fine for them to call you momma, nana, or whatever nickname they have for you and family members, it is super important that they are able to communicate family names to other adults.

Practice going over not only their name but also the names of those traveling with you.  This will help Cast Members immensely if you were to get separated.

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Have a Meeting Spot

For those kids that are a little older or teens that you might allow to head out on their own for a little while, make sure you set a clear time and meeting spot.  Although most of us have cell phones, these aren’t always reliable so make sure to have a backup plan.

Thinking about a location that isn’t super popular like the front of the castle, is also important to think through.  Picking a place to meet up, can help not only with little ones that get separated but also those big kids/adults that might split from the group to do their own thing.  Don’t rely on cell phones but be proactive and discuss this prior to starting the day.

Our family actually discusses a meeting spot each time we split up.  This might be as we head to the bathrooms, grab a snack, or head into a store.  Communication is key and can help get everyone connected in the Parks.

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Take Pictures

No one wants to think about their little one getting separated from them in the parks, but it happens daily at Walt Disney World.  Something that can help Cast Members help you is if you have a picture of your little one from the day.

Consider taking a picture before heading out of your hotel room this way you have one that shows what they are wearing that day.  In the panic of the moment, you might not be able to communicate what they are wearing so this can help you.

These pictures are also good memories when you get back home as they capture your daily outfits.

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Who Are Cast Members

Another key item to go over with little ones before heading to the parks is who are Cast Members.  Make sure kids know if they need something or can’t find you, they should look for an adult that has the Cast Member’s name tag.

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Nighttime Plan

If you are planning on watching a nighttime show, make sure you have a plan as it will be super crowded, super dark, and somewhat overwhelming for everyone.  Consider bringing some glow bracelets/necklaces so you can keep track of your little one.

If they struggle with noise, think about bringing noise-canceling headphones as well so they don’t panic during the show.  Having little ones in the stroller after the show is probably the smartest way to ensure everyone sticks together in the crowd.

Also, this is where having a meet-up plan is important for everyone as well.  Make sure everyone knows who is in charge of the kids so there isn’t any confusion and mistakes.

No one wants to think about being separated from their kids in Walt Disney World, but it does happen daily.  Know that Disney has a very clear, organized plan when this does happen.  Cast Members are trained to handle the situation and keep the little ones calm and safe.

By taking these easy steps as well, you can help if anything were to happen.  These are great ways to keep your kids safe in Walt Disney World.



Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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