Disney is now implementing a new rule that restricts visitors 14 years old and under from going to Disney World or Disneyland alone.
Starting March 23, kids visiting the park must be with someone 14 years or older if they are under age 14.
It will be enforced by park workers’ own judgment.
If a worker sees a child who looks to be younger than 14, and who isn’t with someone older, they will ask the child questions.
“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 older than that, they will engage in a conversation with the guest,” park spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.
Brown said it an employee discovers the child is under 14, their parents will be contacted to pick them up.
This rule was made official after Disney conducted a survey of its guests and contacted several child welfare associations.
Brown said the decision of “14 years or older” was made because it is the recommended age for babysitters by the American Red Cross.
This rule was made public a week after a child died on vacation in a pool at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
Anthony Johnson, of Springfield, Missouri, was on vacation with his family and was swimming in the pool with his brother and cousin when he drowned.
He was spotted by his cousin underwater around 9:10 pm, who alerted others and pulled him out to the side of the pool.
Orange County Sheriff’s officials said the boy had a pulse and was breathing but died later at the hospital.