A frustrated Pixies ramblings about all things Disney and a few other things.
This is an unofficial Disney Blog.
Tips and insight on Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise along with thoughts about Disney Movies and how to bring a little Disney Magic into your everyday life.
I'm a Disney Travel Planner with Magical Starr Travel. I can help you plan a Pixie Dusted Magical vacation.
Interested in a quote or finding out more information?
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Parental Responsibility At Disney Resorts
Parental Responsibility At Disney Resorts
The Orlando Sentinel and the
blog, Doctor Disney reported that a 6 year old little girl fell from the 3rd
floor of the Animal Kingdom Lodge Monday, 9/2/13. The father reports he was in
the shower when he heard his wife scream. Their daughter had fallen off the balcony
and landed on the ground below. She landed in an area that the animals are not
allowed into. By the time the father got downstairs and over the wall to his
child Disney Cast Members and emergency services were already treating the
child. When Cast Members arrived it is reported she was responsive and had a
small cut above one eye. The girl was airlifted to Orlando
Regional Medical Center and then treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital for
of Tuesday evening reports say the girl is stable. The name of the child and
her family has not been released.
The exact details of the
accident have not been released. How she fell has not been reported. I can only
guess that maybe she climbed up on a chair or table to look out at the animals
and lost her balance.
My heart and prayers go
out to this child and her family as well as all those who responded to this
accident and those that are caring for her now. My heart also goes out to all
those staying at the resort that may have seen or heard the accident. I hope
she fully recovers with no ill effects.
Now let me go back to
something I posted in April of this year after another accident on the Disney Fantasy. Parental Responsibility at Disney
Resorts. So far this year I have heard of 3 children involved in accidents on
Disney property. One young teen drown in a resort pool, a 4 year old boy drown
on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship and now this little girl. The teen age boy
died, the 4 year old boy has brain damage and this girl’s condition is unknown
at this time.
On Tuesday, Disney spokeswoman Kathleen Prihoda
said, "Our primary concern is for the child's health and recovery. A
Disney representative is with the family providing support."
I just want to remind
parents that even though you are on Disney property and Disney is known for
safety things can happen. It is ultimately up to you to protect your child. You
need to watch your child and gage if they are safe. Disney can’t put bumper guards
around each child (as much as I’m sure they wish too.) They can’t keep a child
from jumping into the deep end of a pool when they don’t know how to swim. They
can’t keep a child from climbing up on something to look over a balcony wall to
look at animals where they are at risk of falling. It is the parents that can control
Please be aware I’m not
saying that the parents are at “fault” for these horrible accidents. All I’m
saying is watch and protect your child. YOU as the parent know your child is
your responsibility no matter how safe you feel on Disney property. You know
how likely your child is to climb on something or jump into a pool that is too
deep for them to swim in.
Unless Disney closed off
the balcony totally they could not prevent someone from climbing up on things
and possibly falling. Placing fencing or iron rails in the balcony would be
unsightly. Even with lifeguards at every pool people could drown. People say
the cost of a Disney Cruise or a stay at a Disney Hotel is high. The cost would
be even higher if they had lifeguards all the time. They would have to limit
the times people could swim to keep cost down.
You can use a Disney
Vacation to teach your child to look at, read and follow rules. You can make it
a game. You can make it fun and rewarding for your child. “Follow all posted
rules for the pools.” “Don’t go into the pool without an adult.” “Don’t climb
on things, especially on the balcony to look over or don’t go out on the
balcony without an adult.” “Follow the rules for the rides keeping your hands
and feet inside the car and stay seated.” If they follow the rules reward it by
allowing them to pick a ride or maybe if they are nearing the age of
independence and wishing to ride in a seat by themselves allow it! Show them IF
they follow the rules they earn responsibility and your trust. (Just sit in the
seat RIGHT behind them where you can intervene if necessary.) Maybe if they
sustain good behavior reward it with a much desired treat from the park or
hotel shop. You know what works with your child do it!