When it comes to Walt Disney World Resort, some of the top priorities are immersion and performance, ensuring that all Guests experience the Disney Magic as seamlessly as possible.
In fact, preserving the magic of Walt Disney World is so important that only one aspect of the Resort trumps this: safety.
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At all times, safety is the most critical aspect of Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, and Resort hotels. It’s so crucial that each Cast Member is taught how to assess and preserve the safety of Guests at each of their training sessions.
That being said, one kind of Cast Member is more attuned to safety than any other: a Walt Disney World Lifeguard.
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Walt Disney World Resort is home to two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and many Resort hotels with pools and water parks attached. Considering how popular these areas are for children, it’s of the utmost importance that there are lifeguards on duty.
However, one anonymous Walt Disney World lifeguard recently reached a breaking point and felt the need to issue a PSA for all parents visiting the pools. The full message reads:
Dear Parents of Walt Disney World,
If a lifeguard has to jump in after your child in the pool, please listen to the lifeguard and put a lifejacket on your kiddo. Please don’t argue that your kid is actually a good swimmer and then release them back into the pool, only to make the lifeguard jump again. Furthermore, please do not take your anger out on the lifeguards. If we jump in after your kid, it is because we are trained to recognize the signs of a struggling swimmer and want to keep everyone safe. We are not trying to make you look like a bad parent or embarrass you or your child.
I have been astonished with how many rude and unappreciative parents I have run into down here. Just the other day, I was chewed out by a parent who claimed I overreacted by jumping in after their child who was clearly struggling to swim. I have come to realize that some parents are too embarrassed to put their child in a lifejacket because they fear it will make them look like a bad parent who hasn’t taught their kids how to swim. However, please know that putting a lifejacket on your kid actually shows that you are a good parent who understands where your kids are at and what their weaknesses are.
I know we are not perfect. Sometimes, we do overreact and jump when we shouldn’t. And I know there are so many wonderful parents at WDW who do respect the lifeguards, and I greatly appreciate you folks. But I just wanted to put this on here for you all to keep in mind next time you’re at the pool deck at a Disney Resort. ❤️
A WDW Lifeguard
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While this PSA was well-received online, with many Reddit users commenting to agree and thank the lifeguard for their service toward Guests visiting Walt Disney World, we can only imagine that many parents are unhappy to be humbled like this.
When it comes down to it, though, the safety of all Guests, especially children, is more important than someone’s ego.
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To preserve the magic of the ‘Most Magical Place on Earth,’ this lifeguard and all Walt Disney World lifeguards stay on high alert, and are dedicated to keeping all Guests safe.