Unescorted Kids Under 14 Banned from Disney Parks

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Unescorted Kids Under 14 Banned from Disney Parks
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.


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.