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Disney Will No Longer Allow Unaccompanied Kids Under 14 To Enter Parks

March 21, 2013 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled
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‘The Happiest Place on Earth’, ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, and their sister theme parks spread across the US will soon ban kids under 14 years old from entering without being accompanied by an adult, a spokesperson for Disney said Saturday.

The new policy, which takes effect March 23, will be implemented in all Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and parks in the US.

“If a cast member who is working at the front gates sees a guest who appears to be younger than 14 without someone who appears to be older than that, they will engage in a conversation with the guest,” Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown told NBC.

Since children 14 years and below typically do not have any identification with them, the Disney employee will instead verbally determine if the guest is too young to be on their own. If the visitor is underage, the child’s parent or guardian will be contacted, asked to physically come and accompany their kid into the park premises.

After a survey of its guests and asking for help from child welfare organizations, Disney came up with the age restriction of 14 and was supported by the organizations and the visitors.

“That was the age they felt was appropriate,” said Brown. “That’s also the age the Red Cross recommends for babysitting.” She added that no particular incident triggered the policy change.

“We regularly review all of our policies, and we identified an opportunity to provide a consistent age of admission and address a question we occasionally get from parents. The question is just if we have a minimum age.”

Disneyland parks previously did not have an age restriction for single admission, and age limits at Walt Disney World Resorts differed among the parks, Brown added.

“This was a move to bring a consistent age policy across our domestic resorts.”