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Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort will require all guests under the age of 14 to be accompanied by someone aged 14 or older from March 23, 2013.

The standardized age limit is being brought in to end confusion among guests, according to Disney spokeswoman Suzi Brown. Walt Disney World had previously enforced different age limits for its four parks, while Disneyland did not have a formal minimum age limit. Now, all of the company's US theme parks will follow the same rule.

With children generally not carrying idenfitication, Disney Cast Members will be required to verbally check the age of any guests they suspect of being below the threshold. They will then contact the child's parent or guardian, who will need to accompany them into the park.

Disney says that its new policy is in line with babysitting guidelines from the Red Cross.

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I wish six flags would follow Disney's example. Six Flag New England is used in the summer as a babysitter service by many parents.

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