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  • On Sep 11, 2023
    Sarah 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 DDis about to turn 4 and is non verbal autistic. We’ve been on 3 cruises with her and she loved the nursery but not she is aging out of the nursery. Due to her lack of verbal communication and not potty trained could she still go to the nursery?

    Hi there Sarah, I'd like to wish you a warm welcome aboard here at planDisney! 

    It's always so great to hear stories of families returning time and time again on Disney Cruise Line vacations; from the sounds of it, your daughter has enjoyed spending time in the care of the dedicated Nursery Counselor team in spaces on board like “it’s a small world” nursery! Having lived and worked on board for many years, I've personally observed so many of our youngest sailors with special needs thrive in these secure programming settings as they've transitioned to spaces like Disney's Oceaneer Club with perhaps a little extra encouragement on their first experience. 

    I spoke with a Disney Cruise Line Cast Member who let me know that the age policy as it pertains to the youth spaces on board is firm and there are few exceptions, if any that cannot be guaranteed. They recommend calling the Disney Cruise Line Special Services line directly in the meantime and review the official Youth Activities Information for guests with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

    What I would recommend to set a course for the best chance of success is to take advantage of the scheduled Open House sessions early in your voyage so that you can have your daughter engage with the spaces and the Counselors; this is a great opportunity to speak with a member of the onboard Youth Activities management team and have them observe her in the space while you discuss what options they might suggest for the remainder of your voyage. (I've seen some wonderful managers find solutions and work with families in the best interest of each child and their unique needs so it's always worth requesting a chat!) Be sure to come back to planDisney again for any more advice ahead of your next adventure!

    Wishing you all another wonderful voyage on the shimmering seas!

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Meet the Panelist: Prince, Ontario

Hello, Bonjour, Aloha and Ahoy there! As a performer and world explorer who's been to all of the Disney theme parks around the globe, I'm always happy to provide my best adventuring advice and knowledge to navigate your way to all of the greatest snacks, attractions and entertainment on land and at sea. Find me featured on the planDisney Podcast and on the Disney Parks Blog, discussing Disney Eats at festivals and beyond, holiday events at Walt Disney World Resort and planning my Disney Fairy Tale Wedding! Learn More About Prince

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