• On Jan 9, 2009
    Michelle from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My daughter and I are coming to Disney on feb 27th she has autism. She has a hard time waiting but I want her to experience as much as possible. Any suggestions?

    Hi Michelle,

    I think it's great that you are taking your daughter to Disney World, and I'm sure you and she will find many things that delight her. 

    If your daughter has a hard time waiting, I would strongly suggest that your "first stop"  be the Guest Relations location at whichever park you select first.  In the Magic Kingdom, it is located inside City Hall, which is on your left as you enter the main gates.  There, you should explain your daughter's needs to the Cast Member and tell him/her the number of guests in your party.  The CM will issue you a red and white Guest Assistance Card which will enable you and your party to access attractions via an alternate entrance.  (The card will be good for your entire trip, you don't need to get a new one at each park.)  While having the card does not necessarily mean that you will have no wait, in most cases, it will be significantly reduced.  In some cases, you will enter through the exit of an attraction, for example, and others you will go through the Fast Pass line.  In addition, if your daughter is going to be in a stroller, and it would be helpful for you to keep her in it when waiting, mention that at Guest Relations, and you will get a special sticker that will enable you to use the stroller as a wheelchair.  If you have additional questions, please click HERE for more detailed information for guests with disabilities.

    There is a great article on written by a family who traveled to Disney with a child with Autism.  It offers some insight and suggestions that you may find helpful.  Simply to to the site and search "autism."

    I hope your daughter has a Disney Trip that is as magical as she is!
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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