Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 26, 2012
    Lynn 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.

    Will be coming this weekend with our two girls (ages 7.5 and 4.5), both of whom have special needs. I've heard that Disney might provide some accommodations for such kids - they are easily overwhelmed by crowds and long wait times. Is this true?

    Hi Lynn!  How wonderful that you will be spending some time with your children at Walt Disney World!  It is absolutely true!  Disney is well known for being very accommodating with respect to guests with disabilities.  One of the ways in which they have made park experiences more pleasurable for special needs guests is by using the Guest Assistance Card.  The GAC is geared to enable guests to experience the park within their comfort zone. It will alert Cast Members assisting at attractions to allow your family to wait in a cooler, less crowded area, and will help them gauge what seat during certain experiences will enable your children to enjoy the attractions.  When arriving at your park of choice, head to Guest Relations.  They will ask you questions with respect to your stay, in order to make sure that they are able to provide you with GAC that is most appropriate for your child.  It always helps to bring a note from the doctor explaining what your child's diagnosis, as some disabilities are not always obvious to the outside eye.  Remember, your GAC is valid for the entire duration of your stay. Hope this helps you plan your magical vacation! -Malanie  
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Meet the Panelist: Malanie, New York

Hi there! The Disney Parks have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Introducing my children, husband, and family to all the magic that Walt Disney World can offer has led to countless moments with Mickey and Friends, Disney Vacation Club membership and fun on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines! Our vacations are usually centered around a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I am super excited to help you plan and create magical moments for you and your families! Learn More About Malanie

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