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  • On May 22, 2020
    Cj from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Disney has buttons to let cast members know things about guest. (Birthday, anniversary, first time) Does Disney have one for not touching w/o permission? My son absolutely hates characters (any stranger) to touch him or even get too close for that matter.

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, CJ!

    The complimentary celebratory buttons are mandatory whenever I visit with family and friends. There is always something special we can celebrate, right? It can be an anniversary, graduation, family reunion, and even just having the best day ever with loved ones at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    You can currently find buttons that let other Guests and Cast Members know that you are commemorating a birthday, a first visit, a romantic happily ever after, and all other celebrations in general. If you feel that sharing with others how your son feels would help him have a better experience, you could design your own to specify his preferences. I have already seen many different styles at the parks as some Guests order them or purchase supplies to create unique buttons.

    You will notice that characters do not go up to a Guest and touch them. They might offer a high five, for example, but the child is not expected to return the gesture. If your son does not like character interactions you can simply skip meet and greet opportunities as well as character dining experiences. However, please keep in mind that at certain times and places more Guests will naturally gather around one spot to enjoy shows, parades, and fireworks, for example. You will need to decide if these are situations he can be exposed to. My sister was always very shy as a young girl and did not appreciate being around strangers. For fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom Park, for example, we always picked a viewing spot at the beginning of Main Street U.S.A around Town Square because there are usually fewer people there and it is near park exist so as soon as the fireworks show was over we were able to leave the park as fast as possible to try avoiding crowds. While waiting in line at attractions she stood between us and we made sure to give her enough space to feel comfortable. She also always sat between us inside theaters. I am not sure how old your son is, but having a stroller at the parks also helped my sister feel safer. She would sit in her stroller and pull the shade over herself to feel more protected.

    I also recommend taking your time while touring the parks and not rushing. Be sure to make FastPass+ selections and take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel. I also find that people sometimes interact with my daughter while we are using complimentary transportation like buses, water taxis and the monorail. Depending on the time of day the transportation system will be busier, so if this might be an issue, I suggest traveling during off times or using private transportation like your own car, a ride app or Minnie Van Service during peak times.

    Thank you for sending your first question our way, CJ! I hope this helps you plan a magical visit for your son.

    Best Disney wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian university professor and sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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