Seeing all over social media today, it looks to be Mickey Mouse’s Birthday. So what better way to celebrate Mickey’s birthday and child safety Friday, other than talking about ways to keep kids safe while visiting Disneyland. Even I have a tendency to get lost, myself, when I am at Disneyland. The last time I went, my sister and her kids were in town and I was meeting them at the park, it took me almost 45 minutes to find them – even with our cell phones. So here are some helpful tips when you are planning your next visit to one of the happiest places on Earth!
- Wear bright colored shirts – it may sound cliché to say, but wearing color coordinated bright tops can make a world of a difference in a crowd.
- Take a photo of your children before leaving for the park – this especially helps if you do not have matching clothes and you do not remember what your child is wearing. If your child happens to wander off, then people will know what to look for and how to spot them based on what they are wearing.
- Try using Mabel Labels that you can put on the inside of their shirts. You can write things like, “Hi my name is…” “If I’m lost, please call…”
- Buddy system with an adult – if there is more than one adult within the group, you can assign each child with an adult. This way, if the group ends up getting separated, you know who is responsible for looking after each child.
- Create a meeting spot as soon as you enter the park. Again, this is so if anyone is separated from the group, everyone will know where to meet.
- Rent a stroller – if you plan on being at the park all day, it will help you to navigate through the crowds perhaps a bit easier. Make sure to add something distinctive to your stroller so that you can easily identify which stroller is yours.
- Talk to your children about how to identify a Cast Member – most cast members are identifiable to adults. But making sure that your children can identify them is important. And not just those in costumes. Those who are working and walking around the rides and the plaza.
Baby Centers/Lost Child Centers
I was unaware until now, that Disneyland provides centers for children who become lost. Cast members will bring children to these specific areas in each park – they also will provide extra diapers, formula, baby supplies, and accommodations for nursing mothers. In Disneyland, the lost child booth is located to the right of the Plaza Restaurant on the Central Plaza end of Main Street USA, right next to First Aid. In California Adventure, it is located to the left of Mission Tortilla Factory, also right next to First Aid.
We hope these tips will help you the next time you make your way to the Happiest Place on Earth!