After putting months of planning and an enormous amount of money into your Disney World trip, the last thing you want is for something to harm you or one of your family members. For this reason, many people wonder what steps they can take to ensure they stay safe throughout their trip and that nothing unmagical comes their way. Obviously, you can’t prevent all problems, and accidents do happen. However, there are several things you can do to keep you and your family as safe as possible throughout your trip. Here are the top ten.
1. Pack Wisely
A little bit of thought when planning your day bag before heading to the park can go a long way. Avoid packing valuable items if at all possible, as doing so makes you more likely to become a victim of theft or potentially worse. Because you’ll be parking your stroller and leaving it behind to enjoy attractions, you’ll also want to avoid leaving items in the stroller basket. Instead, pack everything into a backpack and carry it onto rides.
2. Pay Attention to Signage, Recordings, and Instructions
Signage is everywhere in the Disney Parks. It can be tempting to ignore the signs and allow yourself to wander in ignorance. However, this isn’t really a safe way to go. The signs are there for a reason, and should be read and obeyed. By making a point of reading every sign you come across, you will in fact make your trip quite a bit safer. Ride recordings are another thing that are tempting to ignore. After all, you just want to get to the thrill of the ride, right? That said, these recordings are also put into place specifically for your safety. Listen to what the announcement has to say and then make sure you follow all rules for your safety and the safety of others. Besides signs and recordings, you’ll also probably notice Cast Members giving instructions from time to time. These individuals are well trained to keep guests safe and sound, so heeding what they have to say is definitely a good idea.
3. Swim Smart
Swimming is available at all Disney Resorts and, of course, in the Disney water parks. That’s a lot of opportunity for water play. Unfortunately, playing in the water can quickly lead to disaster. For this reason, it’s important to swim safely. Here are our best tips for swimming safely:
- Use the buddy system. Never swim alone.
- Try to swim only when and where a lifeguard is on duty.
- Put young children and those who can’t swim well in life jackets.
- Never run near the swimming pool.
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4: Stay Hydrated and Wear Sunscreen
Florida is hot and sunny. Protect yourself by drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen throughout your trip. Cups of water can be obtained for free at any quick-service location and can be used to refill a water bottle. Meanwhile, sunscreen can be found at all resort gift shops and in several locations around the parks.
5. Respect the Animals
As you might imagine, Animal Kingdom is full of animals. Additionally, native wildlife can be found on Walt Disney World property. It is important to…
- Treat any animals you come across with respect.
- Make sure to give them a wide berth.
- Keep any available barriers between yourself and the creature(s).
- Avoid feeding the animal(s).
6: Slow Down
Believe it or not, running is a common problem in Disney Parks. Unfortunately, those who run often end up hurting themselves or those around them. We know you’re excited to get to the next attraction, but keep safety in mind and slow the pace down a bit. You’ll have much more fun if you arrive at your next ride or show uninjured.
7. Lock Your Door
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but when you’re all wrapped up in the excitement, it can be easy to forget to lock your hotel room door. Break-ins rarely happen on Disney property, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
8. Locate First Aid Stations
As mentioned before, accidents can happen even to the most careful of people. Therefore, locating the first aid stations when you first arrive can be extremely helpful in case of an injury or other issue.
9. Keep Kids Safe
Of course, keeping the little ones safe is of the utmost importance. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure they stay out of harm’s way. Try these ideas:
- Use an ID bracelet or tattoo to ensure your child has your contact info should they become lost.
- If you have older children, take some time at the beginning of each day to review with them what they should do if they become lost.
- During super crowded events such as nighttime fireworks, put the kids on your shoulders or in their strollers to ensure you keep track of them.
- Dress your children in bright colors so they’re easy to spot.
10: Use Common Sense
Generally speaking, most accidents and issues can be avoided as long as you keep your head on straight and use a little bit of good old-fashioned common sense. Just remember to think before you act and you should be good to go. Now go out there and have a magical time!