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  • On Nov 7, 2011
    Christina from NV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello again, Darcy. I saw in your bio that you have a daughter with Down syndrome. I'm hoping you can pass along some traveling tips for me, as I, too, have a child (a son) with Down syndrome. Thanks!

    I have some tips that hopefully will give you a great start!  Low muscle tone issues can make park touring difficult so bring a stroller and request a room close to the dining areas and pool of your hotel.  If you've not been to Walt Disney World before, research the various attractions at all four theme parks ahead of time so that you know which ones your son will enjoy and which ones you should either prepare for or avoid altogether.  For instance, my daughter doesn't tolerate loud noises so we bring a box of disposable earplugs and put them on her before noisy shows like MuppetVision 3D.  You should also stop in at Guest Services when you arrive at the park and talk to the cast member there about the specific limitations your son has.  Ask if they can offer any advice or assistance that will help your family navigate the parks.  Just a bit of planning before you leave home makes a big difference.  I know my daughter absolutely loves Disney World and making slight accommodations for her has never been difficult.  If you have any questions about specific attractions, or restaurants and how my daughter has tolerated them, I would be happy to offer my experiences.  I hope that helps.
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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