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  • On Mar 11, 2024
    Marisela from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you have any areas for autistic kids and adults to take a sensory break?

    Hello Marisela, and welcome!

    The Walt Disney World Resort is known for having some of the best attractions (Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind), experiences (Happily Ever After), and dining options (Sanaa) in the world, but it can definitely be overwhelming for some, so I completely understand the need for sensory breaks and would love to share with you some of my favorite areas throughout the resort!

    Before I break down each park individually, I must mention that the Baby Care Centers located at each theme park are not just for nursing and changing your infant. These spaces in the parks are a great place for you and your child to get out of the heat and into air conditioning, use the restroom, or even watch a Disney movie. They are perfect for taking a short break before heading back to your next attraction, character meet and greet, or parade.

    When visiting the Magic Kingdom, I always see Guests sitting on the grassy areas just before Cinderella’s Castle to enjoy a snack, rest their feet, or even read a book. There is also a newly routed walking path from Storybook Circus in Fantasyland to TRON Lightcycle / Run that is underutilized and peaceful. Some attractions can be an excellent break for some guests while entertaining others, like the Carousel of Progress or my planDisney pal Jenn's favorite, The Hall of Presidents.

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we enjoy taking breaks in the courtyard by Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, the courtyard of Pixar Place, the walking path between Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or the area outside Star Wars Launch Bay.

    When you find yourself in EPCOT needing a break, the Odyssey Building is typically one of the quietest parts of the park, but you can also enjoy the gardens of Dreamer’s Point. On a recent visit to Disney World, I found that the benches and tables throughout Dreamer’s Point were a great place to sit down for a few minutes, charge my phone, and enjoy a snack. But my all-time favorite place to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed time is the gardens of the United Kingdom Pavilion. 

    Last is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Discovery Island Trails make you feel like you are in a world-famous zoo rather than a theme park, and they are typically less busy than the paths leading you to the attractions. Pending the time of day, there are stadium-like seats overlooking the water outside of Expedition Everest and Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond! that could also be a good place for you. But pay close attention to the Oasis area just as you enter the park. There is a spot to the left as you walk in that is just enough off to the side of the main walkway to the attractions, so this area can also be a great place to take five!  

    Marisela, when in doubt, please don’t hesitate to ask a Cast Member for a recommendation. In all my experiences interacting with Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort, I have found them all extremely friendly and happy to help point you in the right direction!

    I hope you have a great visit to Walt Disney World. Feel free to come back to planDisney with any additional questions you may have!
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Meet the Panelist: Brent, Maryland

Welcome to planDisney! I'm Brent, a husband, father, coach, and dog dad from Annapolis, MD, with a mind on a permanent Disney vacation! I specialize in crafting unforgettable trips to the Walt Disney World Resort but when it's my turn to vacation, you can catch me indulging in the food options of EPCOT's World Showcase, ascending Disney Mountains, and lounging poolside at Stormalong Bay with a delicious treat from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop! Learn More About Brent

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