Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Aug 6, 2009
    Krista from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Going to Disney end of summer and am terrified of my DD(4) wandering away? Any suggestions? Considered keeping my cell # in her pocket just in case? Also, pointing out what the cast members wear and look like to her, I am just a very worried mother!!!

    Hi Krista,

    You have come to the right mom!  I am a self-admitted wacko when it comes to keeping my kids safe in the parks.  When my little guy was three, he thought it was downright hilarious to unbuckle his stroller clasp and bolt into the middle of a crowd, especially when he could watch me, with a look of horror on my face sprinting after him.  My thoughts on his little charade were not so positive! 

    Pointing out what Cast Members look like (they all wear similar name badges with their home town on them) is a great idea.  I've also used just about every method possible to identify them in the event we get separated.   Some of the "tricks" we've found most helpful over the past few years, have included:

    • Backpacks with "leashes".  I know a lot of parents don't like these, but I got two super cute "lion backpacks" with extra long "tails" that either my husband or I held onto when they weren't in strollers.  My kids loved them.
    • Stickers with their names and our cell phone numbers on them.  (I used blank mailing address labels that I wrote our emergency contact information on.)
    • Medical alert bracelets (you can get soft ones that velcro closed, and instead of medical information, put contact information inside.)
    • Tatoos - you can buy special tatoos that leave a space for you to write in cell phone information.
    • T-shirts - I had custom t-shirts made at zazzle.com, where I selected one of a number of Disney icons for the front, and on the back wrote, "If I'm lost, please call my mom or dad's cell phone, and the number"

    Obviously, keeping a watchful eye on your daughter is the most important factor in ensuring that she stays with you.  However, some of these ideas have given me extra peace of mind!

    Have a wonderful vacation!

    Tanya

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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