Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Mar 13, 2010
    Marcia from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is there anything that they offer for any special needs child with autism

    Hi there Marcia,

    Many families who have children on the spectrum report that Walt Disney World is a very user-friendly destination for their special kids.  I'm proud to say that I am one of them!   You may want to visit the independent website allears.net, which has several stories submitted by parents who have successfully traveled "The World" with their special kids.  Search "autism" from the site's home page.  Many families offer suggestions and tips that they found helpful.  The stories include great suggestions for viewing the parades and fireworks from "less intense" locations, and strategies for dealing with behavioral concerns.

    Once you arrive, I would suggest that your first stop is the Guest Relations Office at whichever park you start out in.  (At the Magic Kingdom, Guest Relations is located inside City Hall, which is on the left as you enter the park.)  There, explain your child's needs and your concerns to the Cast Member (CM) who assists you, and s/he will issue a "Guest Assistance Card" (GAC), which will enable your family to enter attractions through an alternate entrance. In most cases this will reduce waiting times significantly.  On some attractions, you will enter via a private entrance that is much quieter than the standard line. 

    The card will only need to be issued once, and will be good in every park for the entire length of your stay.  Most special needs families that I have spoken with are very satisfied with the accommodations available at Disney.  You should find that the GAC is a discrete way to help your child have a vacation that is as magical as s/he is!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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