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How do you tackle a Disney vacation with kids when you are a single parent?
It can be difficult maneuvering the Disney parks as a family with two adults and even more challenging as a single parent. On this weeks Mouse Chat show we have put together our list of helpful Disney tips for single parents.
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I just listened to this podcast on Monday and wanted to provide some thoughts. I was a Disney Cast Member, Parks Security, way back in 1990-1991. I worked each of the 3 parks back then (my favorite being the “new” Disney MGM Studios). Being in costume with the responsibility of one half of the Park gave me (all Security) very high visability and assisting lost children was a daily occurence. The first thing we do is calm the child down, explain that we will find Mom or Dad and that everything will be ok. We then IMMEDIATELY radio the situation into Central Dispatch so they are aware of the incident. The use of the radio allows for multiple Cast Members to be aware of the situation instantaneously and we are able to quickly cover large areas of the park. Many times a parent has already flagged down another Cast Member asking for help in locating their child. We were able to reunite families in under 15 minutes most times. Talk to your children before you enter the park and explain to them that if they get separated they should go to the nearest Cast Member and ask for help. Every Cast Member is trained for this and there are radios at each attraction. Lost children (or parents) are going to happen when you have so many people in the parks and there is just so much going on. That being said, they are able to reunite the families 100% of the time. Another quick story….I am also a single parent and visited last August with my 2 children, daughter age 10 and son age 5. My son desperatly wanted to drive the cars in Tomorrowland Speedway. Thus the problem. My daughter was not tall enough to ride by herself and I could not be in 2 cars at once. We explained the situation when we were getting into the cars and one of the female Cast Members at the loading zone asked us if it was ok for her to accompany my daughter on the ride. My daughter said “sure!” and I was equally comfortable with it. They were in the car right in front of us and we all enjoyed the attraction.
All the best,
Thanks Jim. It is great to get inside information about how the process works. Also I love your story about the Tomorrowland Speedway and what a great idea that I would have never thought of. – Steve