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Disney Should NOT allow kids on shoulders during fireworks

I totally understand both sides of the argument. For me, I'm 50/50.

If I have to pick a "side" I'd say that the Disney promotional material with the child on the shoulder would be the arbitrator.

When we went to DL when my son was young, I may have been able to hold him up for a short time to my side, as has been suggested. But I'm not so strong and I'd eventually not be able to hold him that way for long. I could've had him on my shoulders for much longer. As he got bigger, I'd only be able to sit him on my shoulders.

We were lucky back then, we lived in a community that allows fireworks, so fireworks were not a 'must see" and the poor viewlines around shoulder-sitters didn't ruin our experience, we could just go home and blow up $100 worth of fireworks and get the same effect.
 

Chi84

Well-Known Member
Well I’m a 5’4”, 115 pound woman and I can hold a child at my eye level. What comments are you referring to?

I thought it was just a choice. I didn’t realize people were putting kids on their shoulders because they were physically incapable of holding them.
 
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Tick Tock

Well-Known Member
There's always the 'My First Parachute' option. You can find some used ones for pretty cheap online.

Basically how they work:
Once HEA starts, simply toss your child high enough to where he/she can view the show above all other obstructing crowds. When the child reaches an altitude of approx. 25-ft above the ground, the parachute automatically deploys, allowing for a gentle descent down to your arms. With a quick touch of a button on the harness, the parachute retracts back into the case, and is ready for your child to be launched again for further firework viewing. Can be repeated as many times as necessary.
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This was a method my parents used for me to enjoy MK fireworks when I was little, as well as my little sister, and we only had one mishap with the product with my younger brother (may he rest in peace :( ). But never did we have any issue of obstructing others as they viewed the show.
 

Tony the Tigger

Well-Known Member
There's always the 'My First Parachute' option. You can find some used ones for pretty cheap online.

Basically how they work:
Once HEA starts, simply toss your child high enough to where he/she can view the show above all other obstructing crowds. When the child reaches an altitude of approx. 25-ft above the ground, the parachute automatically deploys, allowing for a gentle descent down to your arms. With a quick touch of a button on the harness, the parachute retracts back into the case, and is ready for your child to be launched again for further firework viewing. Can be repeated as many times as necessary.
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This was a method my parents used for me to enjoy MK fireworks when I was little, as well as my little sister, and we only had one mishap with the product with my younger brother (may he rest in peace :( ). But never did we have any issue of obstructing others as they viewed the show.
I’m sorry, but one little boy’s view WAS obstructed when the parachute was directly blocking that big pink firework within the bigger green one. He only saw the green.

Only saw the green.😢
 
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Bleed0range

Well-Known Member
I honestly have been to the parks many times both before and after being a parent and I’ve never felt annoyed by kids on their parents shoulders or felt like anyone was upset around me. That’s sort of why I am shocked by 30+ pages of discussion on the topic. There’s a lot of people in the world and at Disney as in anywhere else, you just have to learn to share the space.
 
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Editor516

Active Member
One or two days a month can be declared “kid-free” days in each park. No one under 10, or 12, or maybe 16 (I'm open-minded), allowed in.

And if Disney wants to monetize this - and you know they would - they can charge extra for adults who want to roam the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Blizzard Beach, etc., without children around. They can even partner with an airline that wants to offer kid-free flights to and from Orlando International.

There. Problem solved. You're welcome.
 
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