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  • On Jul 22, 2022
    Kim from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My child has autism and the bigger single rider slides are a bit much. She is 9 and 52inches. Will she still be allowed to play in the kiddie atea?

    Hello, and a warm welcome back to planDisney, Kim, we’re so glad you’re here!

    Kim, as a mother of an autistic adult son, who grew up visiting Walt Disney World Resort, I too, was always on the lookout for areas where he could move around and have fun, and based on my personal experience, I will share what I discovered throughout the years as I supervised my son during our memorable visits.

    The Play’s the Thing at Walt Disney World Resort, especially at many Disney Resort’s Collection Hotels where children from 2 to 12 can explore and play in immersive and interactive play areas featuring soft surfaces. One of my favorite things to do was to read my novels while supervising my son.

    The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks offer play areas throughout generally for children aged 2 to 12 with supervision. At Magic Kingdom Park, you can enjoy the cool comforts indoors at Dumbo The Flying Elephant’s Big-Top-Tent prior to your flight with Dumbo. And over at Tom Sawyer’s Island explore nature and play over at Tom Sawyer’s Scavenger Fort – you may even wish to explore the caves nearby. The whole family can splash away over at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Stations which offers a huge train splash area as Casey Jr. releases refreshing steam to cool everyone off. You will also enjoy the convenience of the nearby restrooms.

    Over Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, The Boneyard has to be one of the most fun places with a huge dig site where children can hunt for dinosaur bones. This discovery activity was always a fun place for my son.

    EPCOT, in my opinion, offers the most play areas, both indoors and out. As you explore Future World, look for Space Base, an inside play area near Mission Space, and Sea Base which is near the exit at The Seas with Nemo & Friends – so many aquariums and learning opportunities await. As you exit Journey into Imagination with Figment and Spaceship Earth, there are opportunities for play and discovery indoors. Outside, the Green Landing Family Play Zone offers accessible play areas near the New Creations Shop, not to mention the playground additions out of doors during the seasonal festivals.

    Kim, if your child loves water, then the days will be filled with bliss at one or both of Walt Disney World Resort’s Water Parks – we just loved our visits there especially when we booked our own private shady little oasis of a cabana or shack, what great fun that was!

    In consideration of your child, you may wish to consider Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS) which will offer you the flexibility to wait for your DAS Return Time where and as you wish in consideration of your child’s needs instead of waiting in the traditional queue.

    Explore the current Walt Disney World Resort Height Requirements and any other accommodations for Guests with Disabilities in preparation for your visit.

    Kim, I hope this information is helpful and I wish you a wonderful vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, please stop by planDisney for any other tips and advice!

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Meet the Panelist: Jacqueline, Ontario

Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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