Experienced Disney goers will tell you that, although taking your kids to the happiest place on earth is undoubtedly a great time, it’s also a stressful one. You have to pack enough snacks, deal with the inevitable tantrums, and wait in line with less-than-patient little ones. With all that you have to do, the last thing you want to worry about is losing track of your kid in such a large park. To help you take some of that tension out of the trip, let’s review some strategies that will help you prevent your child from getting lost at Disney World.
Wear Matching Clothes
You’ve likely seen families wear matching outfits before, and it’s not just for festivities’ sake. It’s to make spotting one another easy! If someone goes missing, wearing the same-colored clothing or graphic T-shirt helps you spot each other in a crowd, and if someone goes missing, cast members know what to look for. Plus, if you’re worried about being fashionable, there are plenty of accessories that go well with graphic tees, and Mickey ears are definitely one of them!
Take a Photo Before You Arrive
Before you enter the park, take a quick photo of your kid(s) and make sure their entire body is in view, from head to toe. This gives you an excuse to capture a fun memory, and if they do get lost, you can show a cast member exactly what they look like and what they’re wearing. Just remember that if they have to change clothes for some reason, you’ll need to take another picture.
Make Identification Easy
When looking for a lost child, cast members won’t look inside their bag, T-shirt, or shoes, so it’s best to make identification as easy as possible. Bracelets, name stickers, customized tattoos, and ID lanyards are just a few options, all of which make identification simple. If you have magic bands, you can write their name and your number on the band as well.
Have a Meet-Up Spot
There are a lot of iconic buildings, statues, and rides at Disney World that are easy to find. Before you go out on your adventure, make sure to pick out a meeting spot to convene at if someone gets lost. For example, if you’re at Epcot, you can see Spaceship Earth from almost anywhere in the park, which makes it the perfect meet-up spot.
Talk to Your Kids About Safety
The best way to prevent your child from getting lost at Disney World is to have the safety talk before you enter the park. Let them know that if they ever get lost, it’s important to stay calm, and if they don’t feel comfortable finding their meet-up spot, they should stay in place. It’s also important to tell them that it’s OK to ask certain adults for help, such as a security guard or cast member. Although they’re little and inexperienced, they’re able to make much better and safer decisions with the help of a trusted adult.