Staying Safe while at WDW

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Staying Safe while at WDW
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Mon, 08-19-2013 - 12:14pm

You might have heard about the recent fatal car/bus accident on WDW property - a Disney Magical Express bus hit a car and the car's driver didn't survive; several bus passengers were sent to the hospital for their injuries.  Witnesses say that the car stopped on the highway and the bus could not slow down in time to avoid hitting it.  Having been in a multi-car rear collision in NY state last September, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family and all those affected by this frightening accident. 

I just read a brief but thoughtful article on the DisneyDining Blog (a site that is not affiliated with the Disney company) regarding staying safe while on the road at WDW and thought I'd share the link below.  It made me realize that I often put on my rose-colored glasses when we pass through the WDW arch and believe that nothing bad can ever happen there.  We always need to use our heads and act safely in whatever environment we're in.  I am not finding fault with either the car or bus driver - no one knows why her car stopped or, at this point, if the bus driver was exceeding the speed limit, but we need to make sure that we are always driving safely and also continue to be alert to the actions of the drivers around us (that goes for home as well as on vacation).  In addition, I started to think about how I relax when I enter the WDW resort - is my guard down? Am I as vigiliant as I am at home when shopping at the mall or going on day trips with my kids. 

Would you care to share some of your safety tips for traveling around the World?  When the girls were little, I bought them identification bracelets that had a velcro fastener and looped around the shoe laces (I used to have their link and cannot find them online - wondering if they're not in business anymore? I have found other sites that offer medical bracelets and travel id bracelets but not the one I had used).  This way if the girls got separated from us, they could would have our information on them.  Of course we also pointed out how to find a Cast Member - to look for their name tag - so that they could go to them for help.

http://www.disneydining.com/disney-dining-blog-please-be-careful/?utm_source=DisDining+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9608e961fb-Staying+Safe+at+Walt+Disney+World&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_585957dd1b-9608e961fb-303991773 .

 

Val, Co-CL Disney Vacations

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Tue, 09-03-2013 - 10:28pm

thanks for posting Val...

We did the harness (leash) when she was very young. After that we did phone number on her shoe.

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Fri, 08-23-2013 - 7:06am

Oops, I double posted somehow...

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Tue, 08-20-2013 - 4:33pm

What a sad accident this was! I also read the article on Disney Food Blog and could totally see someone not even thinking and stopping to take a picture off something while driving! I actually had told my husband we could bring a booster seat for Anthony (he is within the height and weight range but not technically old enough in Massachusetts, although I am not sure about FL.) After reading about the accident I changed my mind though and told DH he would yet again be lugging a Britax Marathon through the airport, lol.  

As for safety...When DD was 18 months we used the harness/leash thing so she wouldn't run away from us (a fact I am pretty sure horrified my SIL, lol.) Anthony wasn't walking when he first went went and then was old enough the second time so hold hands but we still got him the tattoos you can order with your phone number. They have my cell number and my husbands. We used them in Sesame Place this summer as well. I will do them again in December for him because he still won't know my number. Two years ago I even put them on Gabi even though she knew my number...I was so scared she would panic and forget. We do leave the diaper bag and sweatshirts/ stuffed animals and souvenirs in the stroller when we park to go on ride or eat in a restaurant but I also use a small cross body bag that I wear at all times with my license and credit card as well as everyone's KTTW cards and our smaller camera. I don't take a valuable diaper bag in Disney either so if something was taken from my stroller it would be fairly easy to replace.

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