Captain Mickey with Mom and son
  • On Feb 23, 2022
    Alex from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I have a child who is on the autism spectrum. By the time of the cruise I was looking at he would be 7 years old. Are there any accommodation's for kids who may have auditory sensory overload issues, or protocols at your kid care locations?

    Hello there, Alex and thank you so much for visiting us at planDisney as you consider a cruise with the Disney Cruise Line.

    I have made many wonderful memories with my children onboard the beautiful ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and I wish the same for you. I’d love to outline Disney Cruise Line’s policies regarding the Youth Activity Clubs so you have more information. The Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab are available to children between the ages of 3-11 who are fully toilet trained and are able to participate within the counselor-to-child ratio groups. Children participating must also feel comfortable interacting socially with peers of their own age and size. If your child has any personal medical needs that can be self-addressed, their personal medical supplies may be stored at the Youth Activities desk. If you have any more specific questions, I’d recommend that you speak with the Special Services team prior to embarking on your vacation. You can contact the Special Services team directly by calling (407) 566-3602.

    The Disney Cruise Line also provides a very informative document for Guests with an Autism Spectrum Disorder that can be viewed if you click this link.

    As it appears that you are considering a voyage on the soon-to-debut Disney Wish, I do not yet have personal experience in the designated youth spaces unique to the Disney Wish. I recommend that once the ship debuts, you keep an eye out for any videos of guests’ experiences in the youth spaces to get more of an idea if your child would enjoy the activities and interactive spaces.

    In the Oceaneer’s Club and Oceaneer’s Lab on the ships that I have experienced, there are quieter areas for crafts and rooms where children enjoy watching their favorite Disney movies. I’ve even spotted a few children catching an afternoon nap! That leads me to believe that your child might find a quieter area to enjoy if needed.

    I highly recommend taking advantage of a scheduled Open House time in the youth activity spaces. This is a time where the entire family can enter together and enjoy fun activities and meet some of the fantastic Youth Counselor Crew Members. You will be able to see how your son enjoys these spaces and decide what is best for him. Open House times are offered a few times throughout your sailing and the specific schedule for these can be viewed once onboard via the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App.

    Alex, I hope that I’ve provided some assistance as you decide what is best for you and your sailing crew. I wish you a magical time aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Please sail back to us here at planDisney if you have any further questions. It is a pleasure for us to help our fellow guests.

    Happy planning,

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Meet the Panelist: Adrianna, California

Welcome, fellow voyagers! Like my favorite bibliophile princess, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I’m a wife, a mom of two, and my favorite way to find adventure is on board the Disney Cruise Line. I’d love to help you and your sailing crew plan for your own adventures, filled with magic and memories that last a lifetime. Learn More About Adrianna

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