If you’ve ever been to a Disneyland, or any other Disney Park, you have heard, “Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.” There are hundreds of these public service announcements made every day, several times a day at Disney Parks to keep guests safe. Disney Parks are filled with fun rides and attractions, and with a little extra planning you can make each visit to the park as safe as can be.
Did you know that Disney is as Wild About Safety as parents are? It’s true! There is actually a program starring Timon and Pumba to teach children about how to stay safe when at Disney and in the world around them. These two have taken their Wild About Safety messages to schools and communities across the U.S. and around the world. There are plenty of resources for fun, creative, and interactive ways to engage and excite children about safety including DVDs, Games, and Videos. They can become safety champions by learning about fire safety, theme park safety, online safety, being healthy, going green, and more!
Since we especially love visiting Disneyland Resort, here are a few helpful hints to make your next family vacation to the Disney Park of your choice a safe and magical experience.
1. In Case of Emergency
Test your child to make sure he/she knows what to do or how to contact you if they get lost. Put a note in their pocket with phone numbers and names to contact, or write it on a bracelet they are wearing. For older kids, you could also designate a meeting place and time, just in case the group gets separated for any reason.
2. Sun Protection
Apply sunscreen that protects against both UVA & UVB rays whenever you’re outdoors: Children should use SPF 30 or higher / Adults should use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. You may have to reapply multiple times a day if they sweat if off or get wet on water rides.
3. Wash Your Hands Often
It’s a jungle out there — and a jungle can be a dirty place! (and we aren’t just talking about the Jungle Cruise) The best way to keep germs off your little wild animal is too wash, wash, wash! Just thinking of all the things they touch makes us want to scrub up. It’s fun to teach hygiene at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth.’
Don’t wait too late to hydrate. Hydrate before you get going and before you get thirsty. It’s a good idea to drink 4-6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes. It’s even more important to do so on warm days. One of our favorite ways to wet our whistle at Disney is with a Dole Whip Float!
5. Behind the Line
It starts on the first ride of the day: the tram. The cast members are always extra careful making sure that guests stay “behind the yellow line.” There are gates and turnstiles protecting everyone from getting too close to the moving attractions throughout the parks. Pay extra close attention to the younger crowd, who may be new to walking.
You can get more safety tips like these on DisneyWildAboutSafety.com