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Old 01-06-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Would you leave your 12 year old in the gift shop...

My daughter (12) and I will be travelling to Disney in March with another adult, a 21 year old gal who love, love, loves everything Disney and has never been. DD and I are beyond thrilled to take her for the first time and can't wait to see her face when she finally sees what she's always dreamed of!

DD is a bit of a ride chicken and still won't even consider ToT or RnRC (although she actually is willing to give Everest a try for the first time this trip!). I want our friend to get to see these, and I can't decide if I should send her on her own and stay back with DD, or if, for crying out loud the kid is 12 years old, I was babysitting at her age, and of course she will be just fine hanging out until we get off and go along! I hate to miss them myself on any trip! It's just the 3 of us travelling.

Which part of me is crazy? I should add that she occasionally is home for an hour or so alone, is a very bright and responsible girl, and knows all about stranger danger. If she were with a friend it would be a no brainer. But alone? Opinions?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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You k ow your child best. I have an almost eight year old I would allow to wait. I have an almost six year old that I doubt I will leave like at before she is 30.

If you told her to stay and not wander off -would she follow direction?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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Yes but ... only if you and your friend used FP's for those rides. Because they would most likely have long standby waits, and your daughter might feel anxious waiting that long by herself in a giftshop.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Yes but ... only if you and your friend used FP's for those rides. Because they would most likely have long standby waits, and your daughter might feel anxious waiting that long by herself in a giftshop.
Yes, I think she would be fine. There is always a CM or security around somewhere and if you got FPs that would decrease the time she would have to wait for you.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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As a pp only you know how responsible your kid is, but personally speaking I wouldn't leave my 12 year old unattended as I feel no place seems safe anymore.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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My DD 12 is checking out babysitting courses for this summer. So can watch OTHER people's kids.

So yes, I would and did. On our last trip. She also did a few fastpass runs for us. And LOVED it.

No place is completely safe, including Disney. But it is a great place to let them spread their wings a bit and try out a little independence. But I agree with making sure they have a phone.

I woudln't leave her at the local mall, but for a little bit at Disney? Definitely.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #7
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If she has a phone I would say she should be fine. The only real reason the phone is needed is in case you have trouble finding her. My son rode rides at DL alone this summer. He is 13. During the time he was in line, F! let out and the crowds were INSANE for a brief time. Had he come out then, we never would have found each other. He didn't have a phone with him. Lesson learned.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:54 AM   #8
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Definitely at 12.

She can always line up with you for these things and then take the chicken exit and wait in the shop, then she'll only be alone for the duration of the ride, adn you an all chat and have fun in line.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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My DD 12 is checking out babysitting courses for this summer. So can watch OTHER people's kids.

So yes, I would and did. On our last trip. She also did a few fastpass runs for us. And LOVED it.

No place is completely safe, including Disney. But it is a great place to let them spread their wings a bit and try out a little independence. But I agree with making sure they have a phone.

I woudln't leave her at the local mall, but for a little bit at Disney? Definitely.
Yes, I agree completely with this
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My DD 12 is checking out babysitting courses for this summer. So can watch OTHER people's kids.

So yes, I would and did. On our last trip. She also did a few fastpass runs for us. And LOVED it.

No place is completely safe, including Disney. But it is a great place to let them spread their wings a bit and try out a little independence. But I agree with making sure they have a phone.

I woudln't leave her at the local mall, but for a little bit at Disney? Definitely.
Agree with this poster. Our daughter was very mature at 12 and was already babysitting next door (took a course, had certificate).

Did not hesitate to let her be alone with designated check-in times. She was taught how to handle herself and get help, if needed.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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My DD is now 13, but I would have had no problem leaving her in a gift shop alone at WDW when she was 12. In fact, I know I did! What is going to happen to your DD? She won't be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted by some pervert, dragged away and killed by a passing murderer, propositioned or groomed by a pedophile or knocked upside the head and have her iPod taken by a bandit.

Make sure she has a cell phone so you can text when you're off the ride in case she wanders away.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #12
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This will work for Tower of Terror and minimize the time your daughter is alone.

Have both of them go through the entire line queue together. When you get to the front of the line, ask the CM where the chicken exit is located. She'll be escorted to an elevator and ride down to the exit area where people that have already ridden the ride come into the gift shop. There is even a bench there where your daughter can sit while she waits.

Her alone time will probably be no longer than 5 minutes.


I know this from experience

I don't know about RnRC because I was convinced to go on that one. I kept my eyes closed the entire time and had no idea we were upside down at some point.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #13
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My DD is now 13, but I would have had no problem leaving her in a gift shop alone at WDW when she was 12. In fact, I know I did! What is going to happen to your DD? She won't be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted by some pervert, dragged away and killed by a passing murderer, propositioned or groomed by a pedophile or knocked upside the head and have her iPod taken by a bandit.

Make sure she has a cell phone so you can text when you're off the ride in case she wanders away.
YES! Of course, it depends on a child, but if she will follow instructions and stay where she's supposed to be I'm sure she'll be fine. It's unlikely anyone will do anything to her when there are lots of witnesses.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #15
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This is the second time I've seen you post something way over the top... I'm guessing you are a troll (teenage boy posing as an adult and looking for attention)
You really don't spend much time on the boards, do you? This poster is FAR from being a troll. Since when did voicing your opinion in a no-nonsense manner equate to being a troll. You really owe an apology.
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