Disney Wild About Safety Program was introduced in 2003, to teach children and families about Disney safety in the theme parks. Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King are the official “spokes-characters” for the program and appear on trading cards handed out by Disney Cast Members. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), know worldwide for its not-for-profit safety testing and certification, sponsors the Disney safety program.
Twenty-Two Things Everybody Should Know About Disney Safety
Disney is wild about keeping you safe. After years of Disney World Vacations, I find it hard to go to other theme parks because it is easy for me to see how their standards aren’t as high as Disney’s.
Disney Safety Tip 1: Hold on to Your Gear
Disney holds high-value lost items for 90 days. Items include wallets, cameras, purses, prescription glasses, credit cards, etc. Disney keeps lower value items such as hats, toys, sunglasses and clothing for 30 days. Visit the Walt Disney World Lost & Found page for the latest policies.
Where you lost your items will determine where to find them.
- Theme Parks & Water Parks – There is a Lost & Found at Guest Relations in each park. At the end of each day, items are transferred to the Lost and Found at the Ticket and Transportation Center.
- Disney Springs – Lost & Found is at Guest Relations at the Welcome Center in the Town Center. After 3 days, items are transferred to the Ticket and Transportation Center.
- Monorail or Magic Kingdom Water Crafts – Items are kept on board and then transferred to the Ticket and Transportation Center at the end of each day.
- Sassagoula River Water Craft – Lost & Found is at Guest Relations at the Welcome Center in the Town Center. Within 24 hours items are transferred to the Ticket and Transportation Center.
- Disney World Buses – Lost items are turned into the nearest Guest Relations at a theme park or Disney Springs. Within 24 hours they are transferred to the Ticket and Transportation Center.
- Disney Resorts – Items found at resorts are kept at the Concierge’s desk in the lobby.
- Magical Express – If it has been less than 30 minutes call (866) 599-0951. Otherwise, contact Mears Transportation at (407) 423-5566.
Disney Safety Tip #2: Stay Seated at All Times
Nothing will shut things down faster than someone trying to exit a ride while it is moving. Stay safe by staying in your seat.
Disney Safety Tip #3: No Stampeding!
Every day Walt Disney World is filled with guests of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. In eagerness to be “first in line,” it is not unknown for people to take off running without worrying about who may be in their path. Please slow down, take your time, and schedule a FastPass for those must-see attractions!
Disney Safety Tip #4: Keep arms, hooves, tusks and tails inside the vehicle
For your safety, Disney asks you to keep your appendages inside the ride vehicle. You may think it would be nice to put your hand in the water during your gentle boat ride, but underneath the water lurks a host of mechanics that could cause serious harm.
Disney Safety Tip #5: Be aware! It’s a jungle out there.
There are so many things to see at Walt Disney World that it is easy to get distracted.
Please don’t stop short on a walking path. There may be someone behind you with a wheelchair or stroller that can’t swerve around you at the last moment. And please don’t give that person nasty looks when YOU were the one that caused the problem.
Disney Safety Tip #6: Let the cubs decide if they want to ride
I suggest that all parents should do their homework before taking their kids to Walt Disney World. Read about each of the rides so you can decide which ones are appropriate for your children. The absolute worse thing you can do is lie to your child and tell them a ride is no big deal when it is. If a child is not ready for an attraction, it won’t spoil the fun for your family. Use the “Rider Switch” system so the adults and older children can take turns riding.
Disney Safety Tip #7: Have fun in the sun, don’t get overdone
Don’t ruin your vacation by forgetting to wear sunscreen.
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is waterproof, and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes at least 15 minutes for it to absorb into your skin.
- Use enough sunscreen. Apply liberally and rub into your skin.
- Apply to ALL bare skin. Don’t forget your legs, tops of your feet, hands, and scalp.
- Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or excessive sweating
Disney Safety Tip #8: Follow the rules of the jungle
Here are some rules that may be unique to the Disney “Jungle”:
- Fill in All Available Space – Don’t leave gaps in the queues. If the waiting area is a “corral,” move all the way forward and to the sides to make room for more people to enter. In theaters, continue to the end of the row and fill in every available seat. Please don’t stop in the middle and sit down. Disney designs theaters, so you get a good view from every seat so Keep going until you reach either the end of the row or the last filled seat. If you want to sit in the middle, wait and let other people go ahead of you in the row.
- Stand behind the line – If there is a line painted on the ground, it is there for a reason. Stand behind it, or you will get hit by a door, ride vehicle, or a parade performer.
- No Flash Photography or Video Lighting on “Dark” Rides – I’ve got news for you. Your camera flash only reaches about 15 feet maximum. That thing you are trying to take a picture of in the middle of a dark ride? It is way more than 15 feet away. Plus you are moving, so the picture will be blurry. Make everyone’s ride more enjoyable and STOP taking flash photography!
Disney Safety Tip #9: Stay on your feet, it’s not a seat
I know you’ve been on your feet all day and standing in line is tiring. But please resist the temptation to turn that bar, wall, or trashcan into a seat for you or your child. Disney Cast Members will tell you to get down.
Disney Safety Tip #10: Make sure you are well enough to ride
You paid a bunch of money to go on your dream vacation to Disney World, and what happens? Someone gets ill. I know it stinks, but PLEASE keep the sick person in the room and don’t bring them into the parks. They will be miserable, and you will get other vacationers sick.
Disney Safety Tip #11: Paws behind the line
Those lines are there for your safety, so stand behind them. If you don’t, Cast Members will be quick to tell you to step back.
Disney Safety Tip #12: Watch over you herd
There is so much going on at Disney, that it is very easy for kids to lose their parents. Disney has procedures in place to quickly and efficiently deal with lost children.
Here are our Lost Child tips:
- Put an ID tag on your child
- Memorize what your child is wearing. Or better yet, take a picture of them first thing in the morning.
- Give your child a safety lesson. Teach them what to do if they get lost.
- If your child does get lost, don’t waste time finding them yourself. Tell a Cast Member immediately.
Disney Safety Tip #13: Don’t wait too late to hydrate.
Our family has learned this lesson the hard way. More than once. It is hot at Disney World. Sweltering. It is crucial to keep everyone hydrated, so make sure that everyone drinks lots of water. Tap water and ice are available for free at all counter-service restaurants.
Disney Safety Tip #14: Your yummies are not good for our tummies
The official Disney animals are on special diets, so please don’t feed the animals when you are in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The unofficial Disney animals — squirrels, rabbits, and ducks — are quite spoiled. It is not unknown for them to grab your food when you aren’t looking.
Disney Safety Tip #15: Pool Rules
Disney World has over 60 pools. By following some simple rules, they will remain open for everyone to enjoy. Don’t swim when you are sick. Change diapers only in the restroom. Don’t drink the pool water, and take frequent restroom breaks.
Disney Safety Tip #16: Wash your paws often
Avoid getting sick during your dream Disney vacation. Wash your hands often! It takes 20 seconds of washing to get rid of all the germs.
Disney Safety Tip #17: If you’re standing on your hooves, then hold on when the bus moves!
One of the best things about Disney World is the Disney transportation system. You can save money by skipping the car rental and taking the bus instead. Unfortunately, there will be times when the buses are full, and you will have to stand. Stay safe and hang on tight!
Disney Safety Tip #18: Watch your hooves and paws getting on and off the bus
Be careful, and help young kids and older adults as they step on and off the bus.
Disney Safety Tip #19: Another bus will come, no need to run
Everyone is up, dressed, and you are anxious to get in the parks and beat the crowds? Or Maybe it has been a long day at the park, everyone is tired, and you can’t wait to get home? On your way to the bus stop, you notice that your bus is waiting. Your first instinct is to get everyone to run, so you don’t miss the bus. Stop and take your time. Another bus will be along shortly.
Disney Safety Tip #20: Keep your tail on the marked trail
Disney has clearly marked all the guest areas, so don’t even think about sneaking into any of the backstage areas. If you try, Disney security will nab you faster than you can say “Meeska, Mouska, Mickey Mouse!”
Disney Safety Tip #21: Never step in front of a bus, no matter what
You would think this one would be obvious, but I guess it happens at Disney World more than we realize. Stay safe!
Disney Safety Tip Bonus: It’s a rope, not a ride
Every single child that has ever gone to Disney has tried swinging on the ropes and chains in the queues. That includes my own. The ropes and chains weren’t designed to support your child’s weight, and they could get hurt trying to swing on them.
Stay safe and enjoy your next Disney Vacation!
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