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    On these boards I see claims relatively often that parents buy their children annual passes and drop them off at the parks on a very regular basis as a substitute for daycare or babysitting. This is generally seen as a bad thing.

    Does anyone have any actual evidence for this phenomenon being widespread, or even happening at all? I'd like a newspaper article but I'd settle for "my aunt's cousin's friend said..." because I feel like that's all I'm going to get.

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    Ask any CM at the park. I'm sure they can confirm this. When I worked there in 95 I saw alot of the same kids almost every day. You don't see it as much during the school season but during summer it is more apparent.
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    • #3
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      I know personally I am unsure of where it came from, but I do tend to see groups of young kids walking around with no parents more often then usual - and especially during the summer months. Maybe they're off on their own and will meet up with their parents later on, but I don't see families together like I used to.

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      • #4
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        Could be a lot of locals? If that's true that's sad.
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        • #5
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          I can vouch for the same. Just consider the cost of day-care, and compare it to the cost of a premium annual passport. Disneyland is a tremendous value in that light.
          Last edited by PragmaticIdealist; 11-21-2006, 02:23 PM.

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            Originally posted by The International View Post
            On these boards I see claims relatively often that parents buy their children annual passes and drop them off at the parks on a very regular basis as a substitute for daycare or babysitting. This is generally seen as a bad thing.

            Does anyone have any actual evidence for this phenomenon being widespread, or even happening at all? I'd like a newspaper article but I'd settle for "my aunt's cousin's friend said..." because I feel like that's all I'm going to get.

            I can't say that I have witnessed this all that much. Maybe occasionally I see a group of teens but it's fairly rare for me.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by PragmaticIdealist View Post
              I can vouch for the same. Just consider the cost of day-care, and compare it with the cost of a premium annual passport. Disneyland is a tremendous value in that light.
              But leaving children at home is even cheaper. Why not do that?

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              • #8
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                When I was a teen and went to the park - well we didnt' have daycare then - we went on the good ole' public transportation - and one parent would pick up or we took the late bus home BUT then it was safe to do that - I NEVER dropped off my kids at the park- oh no, parental supervision no matter how old - even at my kids graduation parties, I went and chaperoned to make sure the kids showed respect to the park and people there. Granted, we would go to a land and the kids told me what rides they were going on and we'd meet an hour or two later BUT never just let them go anywhere -

                I have always noticed that a lot of the teens, not all, but I would say 90% that I saw were disrespectful to others at the park and the park in general and it would really ruin my time in that land or ride.
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                  Originally posted by The International View Post
                  On these boards I see claims relatively often that parents buy their children annual passes and drop them off at the parks on a very regular basis as a substitute for daycare or babysitting. This is generally seen as a bad thing.
                  I do see groups of kids at the park with no parents in sight, but in regard to these statements being made, Ive never seen anyone say "I have a pass for my kids and just drop them off and meet them later" In fact, the people I know on this board that take their kids to the park, stay with them all day.

                  Wow. That was a serious run on sentence. Sorry.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by The International View Post
                    But leaving children at home is even cheaper. Why not do that?
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                    • #11
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                      ive been there with friends and let the parents go and do other things ( wine cellar )...but if i was gonna do that daycare idea; id just throw my kids in the closet with a tv and a disney dvd collection and tell them to be good... lol jkkk, ive never seen kids under the teens running around by themselves...
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                      • #12
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                        I'm not talking about kids going on Space Mountain while the parents get lunch, I'm referring to the problem of packs of rowdy teenagers roaming the parks while their parents are at work.

                        I see the problem of teenagers and children brought up quite often, I just thought I'd see if I could get to the bottom of it. Example:

                        Originally posted by ExJungleSkipper95 View Post
                        These days there are countless kids out there with Annual Passes who visit at least once a week. Some of them visit daily because the parents use the Disneyland resort as a daycare center in the summertime and just drop off the kids there while they go to work.

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                        • #13
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                          Disneyland used to have a policy that children had to be accompanied by adults in certain places, but I am not sure if it is still in effect.

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                          • #14
                            Re: The Park as a Daycare Center

                            Originally posted by The International View Post
                            On these boards I see claims relatively often that parents buy their children annual passes and drop them off at the parks on a very regular basis as a substitute for daycare or babysitting. This is generally seen as a bad thing.

                            Does anyone have any actual evidence for this phenomenon being widespread, or even happening at all? I'd like a newspaper article but I'd settle for "my aunt's cousin's friend said..." because I feel like that's all I'm going to get.
                            Never seen that discussed on this board before today.

                            Originally posted by The International View Post
                            I'm not talking about kids going on Space Mountain while the parents get lunch, I'm referring to the problem of packs of rowdy teenagers roaming the parks while their parents are at work.

                            I see the problem of teenagers and children brought up quite often, I just thought I'd see if I could get to the bottom of it. Example:
                            I go to the park pretty often and have yet to see "packs of rowdy teenagers roaming the parks."

                            Where are you getting your information? One quote (from today) doesn't seem to indicate a problem.
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                            • #15
                              Re: The Park as a Daycare Center

                              Just because you may not notice a problem doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Matterhorn Way is notorious for vandalism and drug abuse among adolescent guests who are using the annual passports.

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