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  • On Mar 4, 2012
    Linda from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi moms & dads! I have a special needs 3 y/o who is very sensitive to loud noises, but likes fireworks & parades from a distance. Any tips on places to watch fireworks/parades at Epcot or Magic Kingdom that would allow an easy exit & aquieter v

    Hi Linda!

    My daughter has sensory issues that can easily lead to her over stimulation and therefore, I completely understand the need for some advanced planning for your little one's Walt Disney World vacation. You may wish to obtain a Guest Assistance Card at any Guest Services location inside the theme parks that will help the cast members understand the best way to make your child's Disney day as magical as possible.

    Ear plugs or noise canceling earphones can work really well for loud noises, especially while experiencing an attraction. Also, a stroller can provide a "safe place" and when combined with a soft blanket, can be a welcoming respite from the excitement and stimulation of the parks. Be sure to fit in an afternoon nap or swim breaks and try to keep your child's daytime routine as similar as possible to home.

    You'll want to consider watching Wishes Nighttime Spectacular outside of Magic Kingdom Park at one of the area Disney resorts. The Polynesian Resort's white sand beaches offer an amazing view without the noise levels found nearer to Cinderella Castle. Since most of Epcot's Illuminations takes place on or just a few feet above the waters of World Showcase Lagoon, you'll only be able to enjoy those fireworks that actually are launched high enough for you to view. With this in mind, you can see some of the show from the bridge that connects Epcot's International Gateway to the Boardwalk Resort.

    We love watching the daytime Magic Kingdom parades from the peacefully wooded Tom Sawyer Island. A nice view can be found from the porch of Aunt Polly's and there are also rocking chairs and vending machines.

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Walt Disney World Moms Panel and feel free to send more questions our way in the days leading up to your trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Kim, North Carolina

I am a wife and mom of 2. I have some unique Disney planning experiences related to special diets, touring with a preschooler and teenager at the same time, and meeting mobility needs. I look forward to helping you plan the vacation of your life! Learn More About Kim

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