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  • On May 26, 2024
    Melanie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best day to go in December with an autistic child?

    Hi there Melanie,

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you so much for your question! I'm so glad to hear that you're planning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth later this year.

    The Disneyland Resort is deeply committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Guests, which is something I've seen first hand with members of my family. When planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in December with your Mouseketeer, there are a few things I would recommend considering.

    To start, December can be a bit busier time of year - especially in between the Christmas and New Year's Eve holiday. If you're hoping to minimize your time around large and overstimulating crowds, then I would recommend visiting earlier in the month and during weekdays as opposed to weekends.

    Additionally, I would highly recommend checking the Neurodivergent Accessibility page for some really helpful tools and resources to help you plan your visit. In particular, there is a downloadable PDF the outlines the sensory experience details that includes scents, lighting effects, attraction vehicle speeds and more.

    Lastly, make sure to take advantage of the Disability Access Service (DAS)! This program is  intended to accommodate only those Guests who, due to a developmental disability like autism or similar, are unable to wait in a conventional queue for an extended period of time. With DAS, Guests receive a return time for attractions similar to the current standby wait time, so instead of waiting in the queue, you can return at your selected time. You can follow the steps on the DAS page for more information about applying for this program.

    Bonus-tip - I'm also including a link to a video I did with my fellow planDisney pal Alejandra last year on the reimagining of Mickey's Toontown. What we both loved is that it now includes quite a bit of accessible experiences around the land, and some really great sensory-friendly spots to cool off and take a break.

    Thanks again, Melanie! I hope you have a wonderful visit to the Disneyland Resort later this year.

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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