SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's the happiest place on earth, but beginning Saturday Disneyland won't let anyone under the age of 14 enter the magic kingdom unless they're accompanied by someone 14 or older.
Scott Liljenquist has spent the last 10 years of his life booking Disney trips for families in Utah and around the world.
"We do thousands of trips a year,” explained Liljenquist. He's part owner of Mouseketrips, a travel agency dedicated to all things Disney. He thinks this is a good move for Mickey Mouse fans.
Liljenquist said, "I think most adults will see this as a very wise and prudent gesture."
Disney didn't give a concrete reason for the change in policy other than to finally create a rule all their parks will now abide by. It answers the question, ‘what's the minimum age?’ which wasn't identifiable before. Liljenquist thinks it's a new rule for the new age we're currently living in.
"I think they're worried about liability and they're worried about having younger children and should something happen what happens to the Disney name and what happens to Disney in any kind of legal action as well,” explained Liljenquist.
Some have complained that Disneyland acts as a babysitter for locals, but at least one parent we spoke with says it should be a safe place where kids can get some free time from their parents.
Mike Gossard is the father of a 12-year-old. He told ABC 4 News, "You're not going to drop off your little, little ones for babysitting. We're talking about kids who can wonder around, have a few bucks in their pocket and know how to have a good time without mom and dad."