How to be Prepared on a Disney vacation

Child ID

Short of superglue on the hands, which makes it tough to do anything besides walk down Main Street looking cool, there is not much you can do to avoid becoming separated, if only momentarily from people in your group.  Even people walking hand in hand seemed to be ‘parted like the red sea’ by other park goers in a hurry to get where they are going.

Have a plan for if when you get separated.  The Disney policy for a lost child is depends on the child’s age.  If they are under 12, (or otherwise cognitively impaired) the are logged into the lost child registry by radio and then an attempt, with a cast member, is made to find the adults who are missing.  If that doesn’t work, (after about 15 minutes) the child is taken to the ‘lost child haven’ and supervised until reunited with parents.  This is near Central First Aid on Main Street.  If they are over 12, they are logged into the system but not relocated unless they want to be.

Disney has a very efficient system in place to reunite families but there are some things we can do to speed up the process:

  • Teach children to find a cast member with a white tag if they lose you.
  • If you lose a child contact a cast member and tell them right away.  When another cast member finds your lost child, they are looking for the other half of the group, and can reunite you more quickly if you contact them too.
  • At the beginning of each day, take a digital photo of your child so you can remember what your child is wearing and cast members will know who they are looking for.
  • Have your child memorize your name and cell phone number, and have that info somewhere accessible to your child.  Some parents make dog tags, Temporary Tattoos, write the info on their child’s arm or leg or tuck it in their shoe.  We chose to make a card with the pertinent info that could be shown to a cast member.  You can see it in the photo below:

Child ID for Disney

We put this card into the neck pouch on a lanyard that held park tickets, money and pins for trading.

Child Id with Lanyard

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