Kids on attraction
  • On May 28, 2019
    Jessica from OK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have 2 Autistic children is there any suggestions you would have concerning any feedbacks from other parents that have visited with children w/ special needs?

    Hi Jessica,

    I'm so glad that you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with this great question! I, too, am a mama to a Mouseketeer with autism, and I'd be happy to share some tips with you that I've learned through the years.

    First, I'd try to expose your kiddos to as much as possible beforehand. There are some great planning videos online, or I've also put together some social story-type books with photos of the Disney Resort hotel where we'll be staying as well as some of the attractions and things we'll be experiencing. I'd also encourage you to read through this wonderful guide for Guests visiting with autism as well as this handy dandy guide letting you know what to expect on each attraction. Thankfully, there are so many great services available to help your trip go smoothly. The Cast Members at Guest Relations are very helpful, and I'd make that one of your very first stops once you arrive. They can point out quiet areas in the park if your kiddos need a sensory break as well as set up the Disability Access Service for you, which will allow you to spend your time waiting for the attractions somewhere other than in a traditional queue. To use the service, any member of your party may simply ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance to use the Disability Access Service, they'll scan a MagicBand or card, and give you a return time. When your time arrives, you'll simply head to the FastPass+ queue where your kiddo who is using the service will need to scan first, then the rest of your group will be able to enter as well. This wonderful service has saved many a meltdown for our Mouseketeer! The best part is that you can use it along with the FastPass+ service, too! Last, but not least, packing...I always bring along some tools to help my guy feel comfortable in the parks, like a sensory brush, some sensory toys, snacks, and earbuds or headphones. I'm happy to share that he's been visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since he was little, and he LOVES it there!

    I hope this helps, Jessica, and please feel free to come back and see us again if we can help with anything else. I hope that you and your entire family have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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