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    Question I need help! RE: Safety and Security

    Okay so the trip I have planned for this December is a solo trip. Apparently my mother has voiced her concerns that I might not be entirely safe on this trip. Can anyone give me any advice on how to convince her that I'll be safe? I mean I know that no where is 100% safe, but Disney isn't like going to visit Folsom Prison either. I know I'm smart and am aware of the basic safety rules (don't talk to strangers, keep aware of your surroundings, etc.) I mean if she really feels uneasy, she's more than welcome to come along if she can get the time off work. But I'd really hate for me to go have fun while my mom is back home worried about me. Any advice? Thanks! ~Rachel
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    Disney is the one place I feel safe going to solo, but you're right, no place is perfectly safe.

    Try to find out what she is specifically afraid of. Is it that you won't be safe in your hotel room? You can get an alarm that hangs on your door knob or some other security device that might make her (and you) feel more secure. Worried about returning to your room late at night? Remember how well lit the resorts are, and if you're really not comfortable, I'm sure you could ask for an escort at the front desk. Pop has exterior hallways, so you will be in view & earshot of anybody in the area as you return to your room.

    In the parks themselves, they have security all over the place, and they are on the scene in seconds if anything should happen. You already are familiar with WDW, so not likely you'll get lost and not a place where you can just wander into any 'unsavory' areas.

    Reassure her that you'll keep your wits about you and not go off alone with strangers, carry a ton of valuables, flash expensive jewelry or body parts, and you'll be just fine. Believe me, I'm a paranoid New Yorker who's scared by her own shadow, and I haven't had a problem in 4 solo trips.
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    Thanks Pat! If I was planning on going anywhere else, I would probably feel the same way...but I do know my way around the parks so I'm not likely to get lost (I can be directionally challenged sometimes, but only when I'm going someplace I've never been). And any traveling to and from my resort and the parks will be on WDW transportation so I'll have CM's around (and security too I'm sure) I like knowing that Pop has open hallways, that even makes me feel better, and you're probably right that I could get an escort if I really needed one. And if worse comes to worse, I can always hire Jeanne and Alan as my personal body guards



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    My parents started letting me wander around Disney by myself starting at the age of 12. Yes it was a few years ago, but really... it IS safe. Look at it this way, anyone AT disney isn't looking at you... they are looking at the children. So you being an adult, are safe. Disney is safe and again, just watch your surroundings. Disney has amazing sercuirty and you will always be surrounded by someone. There is no area in Disney that is really secluded, so you'll be safe. You'll be out in the open.

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    I got the answer: CHANGE YOUR DATES!!!! Then you can tell her that you'll be there with your DWT family!!!

    Disney is the ONE place in this world that I feel the most relaxed and safest. One thing is that there are always people around somewhere and the chances of you walking totally alone are slim. How about I send you a pair of brass knuckles and some mace. Maybe that'll make your mom feel better.

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    Somehow, I think her mom might be MORE worried if she knew anything at all about the DWT people going to MouseFest. "Just who is this Fluter person? Or Lori? or that DisneyDame gal?"
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    Are you sure your Mum isnt looking for an excuse to go with you? (just for your safety of course!! LOL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorilovestigger View Post
    I got the answer: CHANGE YOUR DATES!!!! Then you can tell her that you'll be there with your DWT family!!!

    Disney is the ONE place in this world that I feel the most relaxed and safest. One thing is that there are always people around somewhere and the chances of you walking totally alone are slim. How about I send you a pair of brass knuckles and some mace. Maybe that'll make your mom feel better.
    Lori if I could change my dates I would, cause I would love to be down there for MouseFest, Unfortunately my final exam schedule says otherwise. But the brass knuckles and mace might be a good idea (well maybe just the mace, I'd hate to ruin my manicure with brass knuckles )

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydame2004 View Post
    Somehow, I think her mom might be MORE worried if she knew anything at all about the DWT people going to MouseFest. "Just who is this Fluter person? Or Lori? or that DisneyDame gal?"
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    Are you sure your Mum isnt looking for an excuse to go with you? (just for your safety of course!! LOL)
    That might be a possibility, which why I said she's more than welcome to come along. It's just that on our last trip, she had fun but she also complained a bit about how much I was running her around and how tired she was. I figured she'd enjoy the break from my crazyness that I seem to develop while on vacation. I'm not one of those "relax on the beach" type vacationers, I have to be doing something all the time



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    you will be perfectly fine... your chances of getting attacked are slim and none!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy&Tayen View Post
    you will be perfectly fine... your chances of getting attacked are slim and none!
    I'm hopefully gonna have a talk with her this evening when I get home from school and get this worked out. I know the chances of me getting attacked are small. But what about chances of me attacking someone if they hit me with a stroller



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    Tell MOM to call me, as one mom to another of a "20" something child, I can reassure her. I cant imagine what a fit she would have had if you would have been my older DD this summer. On tour all over the USA and Canada a whole 3 months with a bunch of band members and other weird ppl. LOL
    If she does want to go maybe schedule some spa time for her or a quiet tour just for her so she doesnt feel like you are running her around.
    It's a Disney thing. If you understood, your only question would be "can I go?"



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    Quote Originally Posted by fungus_01 View Post
    . But what about chances of me attacking someone if they hit me with a stroller
    Or if they cut in line in front of you ???
    It's a Disney thing. If you understood, your only question would be "can I go?"



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    Most of the big safety points have been hit above, I know you're primary concern is your Mom's worry as opposed to your own safety. Some good ideas to reassure your Mom
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    1. Go over all the think safe be safe things you'll do, keep aware of your surroundings, avoid being alone in dark isolated places, lock the door of your room. the things already mentioned in the previous posts etc.
    2. Call her every night if feasible as a "Hi Mom I'm having a great time, this is what i did fun today (oh and by the way I'm in for the night safe in my room)".
    3. Think about what would assuage your cocnerns for a loved ones safety if they were travelling alone and then apply them to your Mom.
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    Whatever you do DON'T let her talk to Vix (jk vix-you know i love ya)

    I know this is going to sound crazy but can you take your exams early so you can come hang with us crazy people? Or I can just come and kidnap you. But that would really make your mom freak out tho'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorilovestigger View Post
    Whatever you do DON'T let her talk to Vix (jk vix-you know i love ya)
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    HEY! Smart aleck! LOL
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