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Disney sets new age restrictions at theme parks

Visitors enter Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

ANAHEIM, Calif. Parents who drop off their young kids to spend the day at a Disney theme park will have to pass through the Magic Kingdom's gates themselves, under a new policy covering the company's destination properties nationwide.

Beginning on Saturday, March 23, children under 14 must have an older person with them to enter Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and other Disney parks.

The policy change is going into effect across Disney's American resorts, which previously had varying age policies.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register that people who have annual family passes will be notified of the new policy.

Brown told the Register the new policy was not adopted due to a specific issue involving unaccompanied children in the park.

Other properties include Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim; and its Florida attractions: Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, and DisneyQuest.