It is very easy to lose a child while touring the Disneyland parks. In the short guide below we outline some of the simple steps to use to keep everyone together and avoid losing kids at Disneyland.
The most crowded time of the day is right before or after a special parade or show where lots of people have been bunched up. Before leaving the show, take your little kids by the hand and keep them close to you. Especially during the mad rush to leave the parks right around 8:30-9:30pm be sure to known right where your kids are.
Tips to Avoid the Permanent Loss of Children
- Wear bright colored unique clothing that is easy to locate in a crowd. Have everyone is the group wear the same unique hat or Mouse Ears.
- Set up a meeting place for the entire family at the beginning of the day for both parks. Make sure that the meeting place is within the gates of each park. Physically walk to that place and pick out an exact spot. Most of the big landmarks like the castle have many different areas so your child could be confused if you just say, “Big Thunder Mountain.”
- Introduce your child to a Disneyland Cast Member when you first enter the park, point out their Cast Member name badge and explain that anyone who has these badges could help them if they were to be lost.
- Program cell phones to vibrate and keep them in your front pocket. Disneyland is very loud and noisy and some areas have bad reception. Tomorrowland has the best cell reception–so if you need to make an uninterrupted phone call head here.
- Attach clothing labels to the children’s clothing with their name and contact info.
- Make sure that your child has your business card or phone number with them at all times. This will make it much easier for them to locate you if they are lost.
If you do lose your child, here is the protocol that is followed by all Disneyland Cast Members if your child is lost inside of the parks.
Disneyland Lost Child Protocol
If a Disney Cast Member encounters a lost child under the age of 11 years old, then they are escorted to the Baby Care Center (Disneyland) off the Central Hub at the end of Main Street or the Baby Care Center (Disney California Adventure) in the Pacific Wharf area of the park.
If you have lost contact with your child that is 12 years or older then they can either wait for you at Disneyland’s City Hall or leave a message for you there.
Stick the to the efficient process that Disney has put in place you will find your child in no time. If you have taught your child to ask for the help of a Disney Cast Member, children can be found very easily and in no time at all.
The first place to check is ALWAYS City Hall if you are inside Disneyland or at the Chamber of Commerce if you are at Disney California Adventure. At these locations, all information regarding current lost children can be accessed.
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