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Old 10-10-2012, 05:19 PM   #31
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We are facing the same thing. 2yo DS has a panda bear (Harold) that goes EVERYWHERE with us and I'm sure the parks will be no different. He would be lost and completely devastated if something were to happen to Harold - and trust me, many other children have tried to take Harold because they think he is cute. As a result, we are always aware of Harold the Pandas whereabouts. He will be coming on all the rides with us and if need be, tucked into the backpack that will have the camera in it and also not leaving our side. While the build a bear could in theory be replaced, to me, it wouldn't be worth the tears if something were to happen to it. Better safe than sorry
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #32
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WDW's property is bigger than my town. I don't go to neighborhoods in my town and leave my belongings. If I did so, people would almost certainly take them.

Why would WDW be any different?

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There is no way I am leaving anything in the stroller anymore if people will stoop to stealing a paper sign.
Yep. The *second* thing taken from our stroller (at Disneyland, which is how we decided to not leave anything at WDW, but it was moot as DS never wanted to use the stroller so we had to carry our stuff with us) was a FREE balloon given to DS for some reason. Just a plain old balloon, nothing special. The way it was off of the stroller showed me that it didn't slip off, it wasn't pecked off by birds, it wasn't popped, etc etc, but it was carefully taken out from the plastic grippy thing they put on it. Worthless to ANYONE!


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But the CMs don't know who owns which stroller. And they wouldn't know if it was just a guest removing something from their own stroller.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:48 AM   #33
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Our kids had a special bear when they were small.

As soon as I realized this was the VERY special bear, I purchased another one just like it to be saved in the closet.

I never told the kids. The extra bear came in handy once, many years later. The original was found, so the "Doppelganger" bear went back to the closet.

The teenagers insisted the Doppelganger bear be returned to the closet so the bears would not meet because it would cause a tear in the Time-Space continuum. Teenagers!

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:23 AM   #34
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Take that bear for a ride! Take it on the rides with you. My DD took her Minnie everywhere. To the point it is in all of our photos from that trip as an extra family member. Have fun with it.

I wouldn't leave anything of value where a dishonest person can be dishonest. It's just the way things are when in a public place with 300,000 of your closest friends.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:10 AM   #35
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My son become very attached to a toy cat when he was 2, so I bought him an extra just in case Mr. Kitty was lost. I didn't pick a good hiding place for the extra, so then my son was very attached to two identical toy cats. We had to carry both cats everywhere we went for about a year and a half. So be careful if you buy a double to hide it well!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:31 AM   #36
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Along the same lines, has anyone ever heard of strollers being stolen? We are planning to bring our own BOB stroller and I'm somewhat nervous leaving it unattended even with no valuables in it. Just wondering if stroller theft is common...
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:50 PM   #37
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Along the same lines, has anyone ever heard of strollers being stolen? We are planning to bring our own BOB stroller and I'm somewhat nervous leaving it unattended even with no valuables in it. Just wondering if stroller theft is common...
I wouldn't say it is common, but it does happen. You can always buy a lock and lock the back wheels together. You just can't lock your stroller TO anything.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #38
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I wouldn't say it is common, but it does happen. You can always buy a lock and lock the back wheels together. You just can't lock your stroller TO anything.
We had contemplated a lock. I didn't realize you couldn't lock your stroller to something. Is this a Disney rule? Thanks for the heads-up.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #39
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I wouldn't bring the bear into the parks, period! All it takes is one second to put it down and forget, and the bear is lost! There is so much to see and do at Disney it is easy to get distracted, and I'd hate for a beloved stuffy to go missing.

When we were little my brother had a stuffed Copper (from fox and the hound), and I swear we spent half our lives searching for that silly dog! It was left at the bank, at the library, in parking lots, all traumatic for my little brother. Save yourself the grief, leave the bear in the hotel!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:08 PM   #40
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We had contemplated a lock. I didn't realize you couldn't lock your stroller to something. Is this a Disney rule? Thanks for the heads-up.
Yes. CMs will re-organize stroller parking, so they need to be able to move the strollers. If you lock your stroller to anything, they will cut either the lock or your stroller so your stroller can be moved.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #41
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Yes. CMs will re-organize stroller parking, so they need to be able to move the strollers. If you lock your stroller to anything, they will cut either the lock or your stroller so your stroller can be moved.
Thanks! Good to know!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:11 PM   #42
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Hang a dirty diaper (or a fake looking dirty diaper)in a ziploc bag from your stroller, nobody will want to steal that stroller. Make sure it is secured on their really good!

we keep a backpack secured onto the stroller but keep nothing valuable, a water bottle, ponchos, etc
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:51 PM   #43
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I wouldnt leave it out. We were sitting on a wall in MK and my daughter set down(right next to her) her new Disney bucket hat and someone stole it.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:44 PM   #44
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Hang a dirty diaper (or a fake looking dirty diaper)in a ziploc bag from your stroller, nobody will want to steal that stroller. Make sure it is secured on their really good!

we keep a backpack secured onto the stroller but keep nothing valuable, a water bottle, ponchos, etc
Would anyone in their right mind hang a dirty diaper from the handle of the stroller? Thieves know that old trick.

Kind of like hanging dirty underwear from the car door handle to keep car thieves away from your car. Not going to work.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:33 PM   #45
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Disney is like any other place. Just because you pay a lot of money to get in, there are still people who steal. Sure, lots of people won't take what isn't theirs, but there are plenty of stories here about people losing things and never seeing them again. In an ideal world.....
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