Unescorted Kids Under 14 Banned from Disney Parks

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Unescorted Kids Under 14 Banned from Disney Parks
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 9:48am

This Saturday, a new policy will be put into effect at all Disney Parks.  Unescorted kids under the age of 14 will no longer be allowed into the parks.

http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/magic-kingdom/news/11mar2013-changes-coming-to-minimum-age-requirement-for-park-entry.htm

For me, this doesn't present a problem since if we go, that means adults will be there too since it's a 12 hour drive.  I know that for kids who live near a Disney park, they probably do attend without an adult at times.

What do you think about this new age restriction?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 1:23am

Sounds like a wise move to me. Like Carol, I cannot imagine sending a child under 14 without adult supervision to an amusement park, or sending a 14yo as an escort for even younger children. Just too many things that could go wrong.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 9:45am

I could SWEAR I responded to this over a week ago but I must not have clicked the right button (or the site is stealing my posts again!)!

Anyway, as a couple with no kids, I never encountered this problem --- we only went to Disneyland at night (when we lived in LA) because they had adult-friendly entertainemnt back then (the 60s) and only did Disney World once when we lived in Florida (in the 70s). Have since massivley outgrown Disney.

However, I can't imagine why ANYONE would consider a 14-year-old mature enough to "accompany" younger children. Or why on earth anyone would allow their pre-teen kids to go to an amusement park as crowded as the Disney parks are, unaccompamied by an adult. Hard enough to keep track of kids without doing it in a place as crowded as Disney is. AND with the fear of "stranger danger" so rampant (we've had several recent incidents around here with kids walking to schools) , I can't imagine a parent being that trusting --- or that neglectful! Totally blows my mind. 



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Registered: 05-11-2000
Thu, 08-15-2013 - 7:51pm

I'm suprised it took this long for them to make this rule.  My oldest daughter is 13 and there is no way I'd leave her in a big park like that unsupervised.  

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