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If You’re Traveling With Young Children…

No one wants to think that something might go wrong on a Disney vacation, but things do happen. One of the scariest is if a child gets lost. Don’t worry, Cast Members are trained to know how to get a lost child back to his or her parents. If you are traveling to Walt Disney World or Disneyland with young children, there are a few things that you should do in case you do get separated.

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It all starts before you leave home. Show your children what a Cast Member nametag looks like. Make a game of it, so that they are not afraid of Cast Members. Let them know that Cast Members are their friends, and that if they can’t find you to tell someone with a Cast Member nametag right away.

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Also, play a memory game with your cell phone number. If they are old enough to memorize it, say it over and over again. Make up a song with your number to make it easier to learn. That will be the quickest way to get you back together if you are apart.

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Once at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, find a place where you can hide your phone number so that it is on all of your children. Stick a piece of paper in their shoes, put it in their zipper pockets, or even write it with permanent marker on the inside of each child’s shirt.

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Take a picture of each child in the morning before you leave for the Theme Parks. You can make it seem as if you just want another photo, but that will give you something that you can show to Security with what the child is wearing. Favorite the pictures on your phone so that you can easily find them if you need to.

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Finally, don’t panic. It may be a few scary moments when you are apart, but Security knows exactly what to do. You and your child will be together again soon, and your child will have stories to tell about how much fun it was to play games with the Cast Members.

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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