• On Jan 21, 2012
    Cathy from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My DS9 is autistic, so on our last trip, we viewed the MK fireworks from the Pirates and Pals cruise (no loud pops). He loved it! What would be the best way for us to view illuminations? Also, he loves comedy shows-hoopdedoo ok or 2 loud? Thanks!

    Hi Cathy! Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World! I'm so glad that you and your son had a positive experience during your last visit!

    My nephew has Sensory Processing Disorder and also has sensitivity to sounds, so I can relate to your situation.

    I have a couple of suggestions:

    1. Bring a doctor's note to Guest Relations at any of the theme parks, along with your son, and ask for a Guest Assistance Card (GAC.) Explain any special assistance that will be needed, for example, explain that your son has sensitivity to loud noises. This will help, as a Cast Member will be able to help you enter an attraction using a special entrance in case your son is having difficulty waiting in a long line or having sensitivity to the loud noises or bright lights.

    2. There is a great view of Illuminations from Disney's Boardwalk Resort. You can grab some salt water taffy from Seashore Sweets and walk along the boardwalk while enjoying the view without the loud noise.

    3. Many other parents have shared that bringing a pair of earplugs from home as worked wonders with allowing their child to experience certain attractions without being bothered by the loud noise.

    4. You can have your son participate in one of the KidCot stations within the World Showcase during the fireworks show. The distraction may help him. 

    In regards to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, it is a lot of fun, but it is very loud. The finale in particular can be quite loud. 

    Please let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

Mother, wife, runner and Disney World fanatic! I'm passionate about Disney, running, fitness and fun! We have visited Disney World every year since our kids were toddlers. I love helping families plan their vacation at the most magical place on earth. Learn More About Stacy

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