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  • On Apr 13, 2009
    Chris from PA Asked

    We are coming for our first visit in the middle of June. Do you have any suggestions as to ID information or something that you recommend if the parents/kids (5 &7) get separated? I don't plan on having them leave my sight, but I'd rather be safe.

    Hi Chris!

    I, like you (and most parents) am paranoid about keeping my kids safe and in my line of sight at all times.  This can be tricky when your kids spot their favorite characters and make a mad dash towards them in the middle of a crowded park!  I've always "identified" my kids using a variety of "concoctions".  I started out by sticking our cell phone numbers on mailing address labels on their backs.  (I simply wrote/typed "If I'm lost, please call....)  Through the years, I got a bit more sophisticated, and had custom "dog tags" printed with the same information.  I clip the tags to their clothing, and ensure that my kids know where they are and what to do if they get separated (i.e., find a Cast Member and tell them to call mom or dad).  Last year, I even had t-shirts printed with Mickey on the front and the same "If I'm lost, please call...." on the back.  I can't tell you how many moms stopped me and told me what a great idea the shirts were!  At the water parks, I use soft "event bracelets" (the kind you get at a local carnival) with permanent ink on them.  You can pick these up at a party supply store. 

    Other tips for ensuring your kids are safe include helping them identify Cast Members (they all have distinctive pins with their names and home state, country, etc. printed on them), and agreeing upon a meeting place if they get separated.  I also try to keep my kids in a stroller (I know yours are "big" and wouldn't be caught "you know what" in a stroller at home, but even big kids get tired after a day of walking, and when the crowds are big, it's easier to keep tabs on them).

    I hope some of my ideas help.

    Have a magical trip!

    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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