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  • On Jun 12, 2014
    Hillary from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are bringing my ASD 8yr old and typical 5 yr old to wdw in August. Are there any tips I can help him with the crowds and noise? I am doing fast pass+, but are there any other options besides a break in the afternoon?

    Hi Hillary ~

    Your trip is just around the corner and I bet you are too excited to sleep already! Planning a trip to Disney is always super exciting but I know from having a child with several types of special needs, that you have more things to consider during your planning.

    Disney is committed to assisting Guests with all types of special needs including those with Cognitive Disabilities. They have put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which you can find on the link shown above. This will give you some information that may help you before and during your trip.

    In addition to making your 3 FastPass+ (FP+) selections in advance and then obtaining others after you have used your initial 3, visit Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Service Card (DAS). The DAS is designed to assist Guests who are unable to wait in a regular queue for a number of medical reasons, including those that are not apparent. The DAS can be used in addition to FP+ and I suggest that you do that. Here are some details explaining how to obtain a DAS and how it works in the parks. You can also find some additional information in this list of Frequently Asked Questions about the DAS.

    ​We try to plan shows, parades, and taking a break to eat between our FP+ and DAS times which helps. Bring favorite toys or electronics to help in line. Ear phones or head phones are great to reduce noise.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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