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It was last year that I first realized I was a bit worried about possibly losing a kid in Disneyland. We were making our first trip with more kids then adults. We were taking both our niece and nephew, and the Goof. The Goof was also more into walking. Our nephew is prone to wandering. AND…we were going during the dreaded spring break!
So what do you do to help keep your kid safe in case they, or you, get lost in Disney?
Now before you think, this could never happen to me. Let me start off by saying, I pray and hope it never does. But if you are prepared for this kind of thing, the chances of it happening are not as scary.
When we went in 2012 with our friends, their daughter got separated from the group walking across the walkway between Buzz Lightyear and Star Tours. It was a scary, long five minutes. It made me realize, no matter how much attention we pay, and how responsible our kids are, anything can happen. It is better to be prepared then to be sorry.
Sadly, over 2,000 U.S. kids get lost every day.* So the chance of it happening are there. 90% of families will experience losing a child in a public place* even if only for a few moments.
Here are some tips to help your family prepare for the “in case it happens”:
- Teach your kids how to identify Cast Members, and to let one know if they are ever separated from the rest of the family/lost.
- If kids are old enough to remember, always make sure to tell them what attraction you are heading to, so they can inform the Cast Member where the family was headed when they got lost.
- Older children that have cell phones should be sure to have your cell number programed into their phone. Also, have them take a picture of you so they can show a Cast Member to help look for them.
- Parents should have current pictures of their own children on their cell phones to show a Cast Member if their child is lost.
- Older children may be fine with just having a set meeting place if you get separated.
- Be sure to find a Cast Member as soon as you notice your child is missing.
- Take note of what your child is wearing each day.
- Be sure your child has your phone number on or with them and knows how to give that phone number to a Cast Member.
Each pack comes with 6 tattoos in it. They have lots of fun different designs. They are perfect for children who are too young to carry a cell phone, or even those that do.
SafetyTat also makes medical tattoos that are perfect for those that have special medical needs. I love that I can put a tattoo on the Goof about his needs so if there is an emergency, he can be cared for correctly.
Now we also tried last trip the trick we saw on Pinterest where you use a sharpie and new skin liquid bandaid. Let’s just say it turned out horrible…. I will definitely be using SafetyTat from here on out.
We all hope we never have to NEED these tattoos, but you never know what will happen in the parks. It is comforting to know they are there, on your child, just in case. And unlike a piece of paper or a dog tag, they are stuck on their body and hard to lose.
You can order SafetyTats for your trip HERE. Have you used them in the past? Which ones? Leave a comment letting me know.
*I received free product to perform my review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are 100% my own.*
*Information provided by SafetyTats