Mom With Kids After Run
  • On May 8, 2011
    Kate from WV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, we are coming in August, and my son (7) has a service dog for his autism. I was wondering if it was possible to leave the dog with the attendant while on the ride or if we needed to break up the group and have one stay with the dog? Thanks!

    Hi Kate,

    Disney World is such an amazing place for people with special needs and will do everything they can to accommodate your son's needs.

    Trained service animals are welcome in most locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort and are usually allowed to access attractions via the standard queue. However, all service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

    For attractions that provide an auxiliary entrance, Guests should follow the same procedures as described for wheelchairs and Guests with mobility disabilities.

    Due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be permitted to ride. In those instances, a member of the Guest's party must remain with the animal. Walt Disney World Cast Members are not permitted to take control of service animals at any time.

    For more information be sure to visit the Guests with Service Animals link on the Disney World Website.

    August will be hot in Orlando so be sure to take care of your son's dog.  Most all of the walking in the theme parks is on pavement which will become hot.  Make sure you take care of your dog's feet. I'm not sure if he is used to walking in dog shoes but they may give him some relief. You'll also want to give him a break from the heat and keep him hydrated as well.

    Your son will benefit from the Guest Assistance Card.  Click here for more information.

    Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.  Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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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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