Even though it is known as “The Most Magical Place On Earth” tragedy can still strike. Read these 8 ways to protect your children at Walt Disney World:
- Heed the warning signs – If there is a sign warning about not swimming in a lake, not venturing off a path or not riding an attraction based on your health, don’t do it.
- Don’t make your child taller than he is – For years I have read of parents purposely finding shoes with taller soles (like cowboy boots) so that their child will be tall enough to ride certain attractions. Don’t do it. There is a height requirement for a reason.
- Don’t let your child wander – It’s so easy to want to take a break and let your child wander around while you check your cell phone. Don’t do it. The crowds at Disney World can get so thick and other people aren’t always watching where they are going and could plow your child down.
- Don’t assume Disney is safe – We all think of it as the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t mean that it is protected from evil and dangers. Be as vigilant at Disney as you are at home.
- Childproof your hotel room – There are dangers in the hotel room especially for nosey little ones. Bring a few outlet covers from home and I even recommend crawling through the room looking for potential dangers from their point of view.
- Teach your child how to recognize Cast Members – In the event that your child is separated from you, it is important that they know how to recognize Cast Members. Introduce your child to a Cast Member ahead of time and show them how to recognize them by their name tag. Let your child know that if they can’t find you, to find someone with a name tag like that.
- Put your phone number on your child – If your child doesn’t know your number, put it on them somewhere and tell them where it is. There are temporary tattoos that are made specifically for this or you could get a celebrating button from Disney and write on the back of it with a Sharpie.
- Don’t play in thunderstorms – Lightning strikes at Disney World just like it does everywhere else. If it is lightning, go inside and stay put. Don’t let your family traipse around outside in inclement weather.