• On Jun 6, 2010
    Ellen from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My son is non-verbal and fearless. I have several ideas for keeping him safe at Disney but I was told there is an electronic wristband that we can use while there. Not sure if this is correct or not. three adults to one child should have good odds. T

    Hi there Ellen,

    Thanks for writing!  Many families with special needs kids report that Disney World is a "user-friendly" destination for their children.  I'm one of them!  My son had a lovely little habit of bolting away from us when he was a bit younger, and, like yours, couldn't speak.  He thought this was comical, and I thought it was good for ensuring that I didn't gain too much weight on vacation chasing after him.  I am not aware of any Disney-provided electronic wristbands, however, I've done many things to ensure that my kids were safe and could be located in the event that we became separated.  I used plain mailing labels and printed my cell phone number on the back.  I also had "dog tags" made with "If lost, please call....." printed on them, and clipped these to my kids.  At the water parks, I used waterproof "event bracelets" (you can find these at a party supply store) and a permanent marker to identify my kids.  I have also seen temporary tatoos that can be used for the same purpose.

    Regarding electronic (gps) child locators, I have never used one, however, I know several families who have.  Several have recommended Brickhouse Security's model to me. 

    I hope your son and entire family have a wonderful vacation!

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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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