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  • On Mar 9, 2022
    Emileigh from KS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, as an adult with Autism what can I expect in the way of quiet places if I get over stimulated? If I want to hug some of the character actors will I be allowed to?

    Hey there, hi there, Emileigh! Thank you for coming to visit us with your question.

    Walt Disney World can be overwhelming even for neurotypical folks, so I completely understand the need to find a quiet place. There's actually a downloadable guide for people with Cognitive Disabilities available, and you'll find on page 14 that they list several locations in each park where you might be able to catch a break. 

    The first recommendation at any of the theme parks would be the First Aid centers. The nurses staffing the centers can help you with a quiet area where you can rest and regroup for a few minutes, so use them if you need to. The other locations you'll see on the list are ones that are typically quieter, and you can ask any Cast Member for directions to get you there quickly. Also, depending on how busy the parks are when you visit, a Cast Member may find other options in your vicinity.

    I know character meet and greets are a huge part of many vacations to Walt Disney World. At this time, although we are closer to getting those big character hugs like in the pre-Covid days, we still don't have the ability to hug the characters. You will be able to visit with them a few feet behind you so that you can take a selfie or pose for the Photopass photographers

    Disability Access Service may also make it easier for you to visit attractions without standing in crowded lines for a long time. Definitely look into this to make your visit just a bit more magical.

    Enjoy your visit, Emileigh!
    Anna
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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