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  • On Dec 5, 2013
    Tami from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Allison. Just a follow-up. Having used the new system, do you have any advice or recommendations regarding the DAS? Our trip is just a few days away. A little concerned how it will work and/or change our trip. Thank you for your input!

    Welcome Back Tami ~

    I think that you're going to be traveling just before the holiday crowd levels start to rise so that should help you when you're navigating the parks and with your wait times.

    The system under Disability Access Service (DAS) Card is a bit different. When you enter the first theme park of your trip, visit Guest Relations to get the DAS. They will ask you some questions regarding your daughter's (DD) specific needs. It takes a few minutes longer than the GAC.

    To get a return time for the DAS, go to the attraction and see a Cast Member. They will look at the current wait time and subtract 10 minutes. That will be your return time. You can come back anytime after that return time. You can only obtain a return time for one attraction at a time but you can get another DAS return time as soon as you've finish one. Your DD will not need to be present to get a return time for attractions but she must be present when entering the queue and when you board the attraction.

    There are some attractions that have separate wheelchair entrances (these are mostly in the Magic Kingdom like the Tomorrowland Speedway). If your DD is in a wheelchair, a DAS is not required for those attractions. They will give you a different return card for those based on the current wait time.

    FASTPASS and FastPass+ (FP+) can be used in addition to the DAS so that will help you too. If you're staying on property and have made advanced FP+ selections, think about the other attractions your DD enjoys most with the highest wait times where she would benefit waiting in an alternate location. In Tomorrowland, you could get a return time for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and then go to the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor while you wait.

    You can't go from ride to ride as quickly but think of as time to explore the things you usually walk right by and enjoy your time of being together.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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