Pirate and Child
  • On Feb 21, 2020
    Julia from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! We are considering Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage experience. I was hoping to get a feel if it would be a good alternative for our 5 year old with ASD for fireworks. Sometimes is sensitive to sound. How loud is it on the boat?

    Hi, Julia!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Like you, I am also the mom of a child on the autism spectrum.  One of the reasons why my family returns to the Walt Disney World Resort yEAR after yEAR is that they have so many helpful accommodations in place for guests with disabilities.  I love the way that the Walt Disney World Resort makes the magic accessible to everyone!

    As you know, every person on the autism spectrum is different.  My son is not particularly sensitive to loud noises, so he typically enjoys viewing the various nighttime spectaculars from inside the theme parks.  Our family loves attending the Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing for a breathtaking view of the Happily Ever After fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.  Since the dessert party's reserved viewing area is not crowded at all and we don't need to arrive far in advance to save our viewing spot, this option works extremely well for my son.  However, watching the fireworks from inside the park can be noisy and might be a bit much for your little Mouseketeer.

    I think that the Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage could be a great alternative fireworks viewing option for your family.  Watching Happily Ever After from a boat on Seven Seas Lagoon will be much quieter than watching from inside the park, however, it still may seem a bit loud to your little guy.  I would recommend bringing along a pair of noise-canceling headphones for your son to wear.

    For an even quieter and more low-key fireworks viewing experience, you could also consider watching from one of the nearby Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.  The beaches at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offer amazing fireworks views.  There is also an observation deck on the fourth floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort that is a great place to take in the show.  All of these spots are open to all guests, even if you are not staying at that particular resort hotel, and they even pipe in the show music so that you get the full effect.

    As you prepare for your vacation, I would recommend familiarizing yourself with accommodations such as Disability Access Service (DAS) that might be helpful to your family.  You might also find this Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities to be useful as you get ready to experience the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to visit us again.

    See ya real soon!
    Samantha
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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