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  • On Apr 18, 2019
    Teann from OR Asked

    Are flashlights allowed in the parks for use in line or on rides? My child is in a phase of extreme scared of the dark, and I’d like to ease her fears but don’t want to break rules or upset other guests. Advice?

    Hi TeAnn!

    I'm so excited to help you plan your magical trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your little one! Be sure to take advantage of the FastPass+ System so you can make the most of your time in the theme parks and minimize the time you spend waiting in queues.

    With two little ones of my own, I know how sometimes new and unique situations can be scary for kids, especially if they already have a sensitivity. While Park Rules are always subject to change, currently flashlights are not on the prohibited list for the theme parks. However, the Disney Imagineers work really hard to make attractions and shows a complete experience for Guests to enjoy. With this in mind, flash photography is prohibited in attractions and shows and Cast Members will generally ask you to turn off flashes so you don't disrupt other Guests and Cast Members. I consider flashlights in this same category and I recommend that you do not use them in attractions, shows or queues to preserve the experience for all Guests.

    If you think your little one is sensitive to the dark, you may want to spend some time before your vacation watching videos of attractions and shows you think you will enjoy. This will take away the element of surprise and may help your little one feel more secure during your trip. This is also a great way to help your little one choose the attractions that they would like to ride. Finally, you may want to consider bringing a pair of headphones for your child to wear when they are feeling insecure. We bring headphones for my youngest to wear because he can startle easily and I have found that his headphones allow him to cover his eyes with his hands while his headphones cover his ears so he doesn't have to worry about scary sights or sounds when he's feeling insecure or scared!

    T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to two little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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