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  • On May 2, 2023
    Kerrie from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My daughter is approved for the DAS, but we are 7people, 2 adults and 5 kids. They said I need to go to guest services, but it’s not guaranteed to add our 7th person. Would getting the genie+ for the other work with the DAS? Can we stay together like that?

    Hi Kerrie!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you for bringing us your question as we are eager to help!

    I love that Walt Disney World Resort works to be inclusive and provide opportunities for the entire family to enjoy together. Kerrie, you are correct that the Disability Access Service (DAS) is intended for the person needing the pass plus 5 other people. You also said that you are a family of seven people and I agree that it is the BEST strategy to speak to Guest Relations as soon as you arrive at your first Park. It's not guaranteed but many times I have seen immediate family members being accommodated and added onto the DAS pass especially when the majority of the party are minor children. If any of your kids are below the age of 3 then you will have an even better chance as while they are counted as lovely little members of the family they are not counted as Ticket holders.

    Now, if for some reason they do not provide accommodation to your seventh family member then purchasing Genie+ could be the solution. My concern with this is that obtaining time selections may be a bit tricky. For example, your daughter who has DAS may want to ride Peter Pan's Flight in the morning. Through DAS a return time is obtained that's approximately the posted wait time. Let's assume the wait time is 45 minutes at 10 AM for this ride. This means that she would probably get a return time around 10:45 AM plus or minus 10 to 15 minutes. Now, the person who is using Genie+ could use their app starting at 7 AM to start booking their first Lightning Lane return time. The goal is to try and get Peter Pan's flight for a similar time as the anticipated DAS return time. Peter Pan's Flight is one of those rides where Genie+ return times run out quicker than other rides so this is a top priority. The only issue is that you won't know what time your DAS return time will be until the Park opens and rides start running. That's a bit of a puzzle that you may be navigating during your holiday.

    Boy, it may be a bit frustrating if those Genie+ return times don't match your DAS times. My suggestion is that the order of how you want to experience the Parks should follow whatever the person with the Genie+ return times obtains. DAS is a lot more flexible as you can enter the ride at any time after the DAS return time rather than the limited one-hour return time window of Genie+. As a result, I suggest booking your Genie+ return times first and then working around that when selecting DAS return times. The only exception should be to absolutely prioritize the DAS return times you obtained through DAS Advance. You get two per day per Park (if available) so I would start early and first with these. 

    I know this could sound a bit challenging but I am hoping it all works out. Please don't feel that you have to ride every ride and see every single thing. Enjoy the Parades, listen to The Dapper Dans, and take every picture. Make some magical memories and savor your time together.

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Happy Planning!

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