Friday, July 12, 2013

Lost Parents at Disneyland

As an adult, I sometimes enjoy getting lost. Often, the result is that I discover something new that I previously would not have stumbled upon. For a child though, getting lost can be devastating. Kudos to Walt and Team for adding a bit of fun to this scary situation, and somewhat lessening the horror that a child might experience when their parents are nowhere to be found...especially at a theme park where there is a sea of unknown people surrounding you. This September 1959 photo shows the original "Lost Parents" sign that hung outside of City Hall in Town Square. Those stupid parents!

And a contemporary shot from 2008 showing the Darlings from "Peter Pan," who now represent the confused parents that managed to lose their children:

See more vintage & current Disneyland Town Square photos on my Town Square web page.


K. Martinez said...

Probably unrelated, but seeing these pics kind of reminds me of the old days in the Park when I'd hear:

"[insert name], Please call the Disneyland operator".
"[insert name], Please call the Disneyland operator".

Anonymous said...

Getting lost has become a mode of travel for me too. This can be a great way to see a new city. Philadelphia, San Diego, Baltimore, Phoenix, Louisville, Lexington, it's fun.

Just have to be careful not to travel beyond range of cell service or ATM card.


CoxPilot said...

Those "names" were actually codes for security and cast members to set situations or alert security to go to a certain area. Security did not have radios the early days days.

K. Martinez said...

@CoxPilot -

Thanks for the info. I was always curious to know what the real purpose of those PA announcements were.

Major Pepperidge said...

I remember getting lost in the park when I was a kid. I stopped to watch the climbers on the Matterhorn, and my family kept on walking! A security guard stopped to help me and found my folks somehow. Never saw the inside of the Lost Children room!

Daveland said...

Cox - Thanks for chiming in. Again, your info is so valuable.

Major - you got rippied off! I wonder if that room was themed?