• On Feb 17, 2018
    Brandon from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If a child has anxiety issues are there any accommodations the parks give?

    Hi, Brandon! 

    One of the things my family likes the most about visiting Walt Disney World is that we feel there are so many ways the cast members go out of their way to accommodate our special needs - whether they are dietary, disability related, or other less obvious things, I feel like Disney has a way to help us still have a magical vacation.

    For your son, I think I would look into how the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card may be able to help. The card is available to guests who may suffer from a special need or disability which might otherwise restrict their enjoyment at the theme parks. 

    In your son's case, if crowds or waiting in line contribute to his anxiety, this is an excellent solution. The card will allow you to go to an attraction and get a return time (similar to the way a FastPass+ would work). When you return, you won't stand in the regular queue, so the time your son is confined among a greater crowd is minimalized. This works in conjunction with a FastPass+, which can be used to pre-schedule times to visit an attraction to help minimize your wait. While you wait, you can usually find a secluded spot away from most of the crowds, where your son might be more comfortable.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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