Photo by Jamie Bartosch/Suburban TravelingMom Have a plan in place in case someone gets lost at Disney.

Photo by Jamie Bartosch/Suburban TravelingMom
Have a plan in place in case someone gets lost at Disney.

Before you and your kids begin each day at Walt Disney World, do a quick, 30-second review and ask them, “What should you do if you get lost?”
Make sure they know the drill – because Walt Disney World is a very crowded place. Staying together can be difficult, and it’s easy to look away for a minute and then suddenly find yourself in a sea of strangers. The main strip of the Magic Kingdom is notoriously congested, especially during parades and nightly fireworks.

Take comfort in knowing that Disney staff is trained to handle lost children, and the staff members are EVERYWHERE. They will help the child re-trace their steps, and walk them to any pre-assigned meeting place. If they still can’t find their parents, they’ll take them back DestinationReviewto a lost children room that’s like a little living room with toys, until their parents can be located.
To prevent the panic and tears of getting lost, here’s what Disney experts recommend you tell your kids:
1. Point out what the Walt Disney World staff name tags look like. If they’re lost, they need to find someone with a name tag and tell them they’re lost.
2. Make sure they know their resort’s name (and make sure the resort has your cell phone number).
3. If they are too young to remember their last name or your cell phone number, put it on a sticker in their pockets. One DisneyMoms panelist recommended temporary Safety Tattoos.

Photo by Jamie Bartosch/Suburban TravelingMom There are always big crowds on the main strip of the Magic Kingdom, so have a plan in place in case someone gets lost.

Photo by Jamie Bartosch/Suburban TravelingMom
There are always big crowds on the main strip of the Magic Kingdom, so have a plan in place in case someone gets lost.

Other helpful tips to prevent kids from getting lost at Disney:
1. Take a picture of each child that morning, so you can remember exactly what they’re wearing. I’m a fan of the lens on the Panasonic Lumix ZS40, which zooms in so closely, you can capture every color and facial feature.
2. Especially for older kids, have a meeting point where everyone should go if someone gets lost. Make it a specific place. To say, “Meet in front of the Magic Kingdom” could mean the front, sides or inside – it’s a huge building. Better to meet at a specific store, ride or restaurant.
If you do get lost, it shouldn’t be for long. And you’ll be glad you had that 30-second review.