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  • On Apr 13, 2022
    Jessica from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What does a day at Disney park look like for a four year old autistic boy.

    Welcome to planDisney, Jessica! Thanks so much for stopping by and asking our advice. I'm so happy to hear you are taking your little Mouseketeer to The Happiest Place on Earth! 

    The magic is for everyone! It's best to consider what will make your son the happiest and the most comfortable for your day at Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. I would suggest registering for Disability Access Service before your arrival. While you can wait to do this at City Hall at Disneyland Park, it is nice to do this in advance so that once you arrive, you are all set to enjoy the day. This service will help you bypass the wait times with traditional attraction queues and instead, you will have a return time so that your son doesn't have to wait to ride attractions he will love. If you haven't already, you will need to make theme park reservations for each day that you plan to visit the theme parks. This advanced planning is especially important because theme park reservations are required. 

    If your son loves any characters, in particular, I would recommend planning time for him to see them. A character meal might be the best approach for this because you can enjoy a meal while characters stop by your table. You can make advanced dining reservations up to 60 days before your arrival.

    My other advice would be to take breaks as often as needed. The Baby Care Centers at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer a perfect place to relax, cool down, and take a break. If you happen to be staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels or a Good Neighbor Hotel close by, you might even consider taking a midday break for a nap or some time at the pool.

    As a kindergarten teacher, I have had some experience with my students that have autism. I know that sometimes things can change unexpectedly and ultimately, you know your son best. I would plan to enjoy all the magic and have his favorite sensory items and snacks on hand. 

    Jessica, I'm wishing you and your family a very special vacation at the Disneyland Resort. Because you have a few months before you arrive, please feel free to send us any additional questions you might have. We're always happy to help you at planDisney


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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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