“Oh boy!” – Excited influx of kids expected to ride GO for day of Disney shows in downtown Toronto

As Disney on Ice shows take place at the Scotiabank Arena, regular urban travellers may want to take a bit more care due to an influx of tiny passengers. Here are some tips to keep everyone safe.

No, Toronto’s workforce hasn’t gotten much younger overnight and you haven’t suddenly gotten much taller.

The downtown core, along with GO Transit lines heading in and out of the city, will play host to a large number of youngsters on Friday (Jan. 24), as Disney On Ice performances take place at Scotiabank Arena.

Those kids will be as excited as Tigger and as distracted as Dory.

A young child looks out of a train window.

An small army of children are expected to swarm downtown Toronto, as two Disney On Ice shows take place. (Matt Lewellyn photo)

As a result, GO Transit is asking for patience for the smallest riders moving in and around Union Station for tomorrow’s two (10:30 am & 7:00 pm) performances.

Given that there will likely be a noticeable increase of children – this is a good time to remind everyone that Kids GO Free on GO Transit – it will likely be noisier than usual on vehicles. The patience and understanding of all regular commuting customers is greatly appreciated.

For parents travelling with children, please plan extra time so you don’t need to rush, and we ask that you be extra careful in crowded areas.

And here are some other important tips to get to the show safely – and a way to start training the next generation of transit users:

The Yellow Line — Staying well behind it keeps you at a safe distance from oncoming or departing trains. Mind the Yellow Line and always be aware of your surroundings.

Waiting on the Platform — Always spread out along the platform to avoid overcrowding the platform in one section. Carry all your personal articles such as backpacks and computer bags in your hands. As trains arrive and depart platforms, stand still and wait for them to come to a complete stop.

Crossing Train Tracks — Crossing tracks illegally can result in serious or fatal injury. On platforms, never cross train tracks anywhere at any time. At railway crossings, use the designated crossings; they’re designed to keep you safe. And never rush to cross ahead of a train

Here’s an important one for lost children – If you have been separated from your children at Union Station, please contact Toronto Police or check in at the lost and found office in York Concourse. You’ll find uniformed staff throughout the station and our special constables, should you need their assistance.

If you see something suspicious, say something – Please report unattended or suspicious packages to any GO employee, call transit safety dispatch at 1-877-297-0642, press the yellow strip, or call 911.

And amid the mad movement around the small Disney fans, perhaps take a moment to soak in some of their positive energy – taking the city from morning Grumpy to gosh-darn Happy.

Story by Matt Llewellyn, Metrolinx spokesperson and senior advisor – Media Relations and Issues