• On Feb 11, 2019
    Leah from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are going to a Disney Cruise. My son is autistic and I was wondering how trained and compassionate are the crew members with kids on the spectrum?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Leah!

    How exciting that your family will be cruising with Captain Mickey!  A Disney Cruise is an amazing experience for everyone in your pirate crew.  I can understand your concern for your son and hope to put your mind at ease as you get ready for your high seas adventure.

    Disney Cast Members amaze me with their compassion and ability to handle any situation with grace and service.  My daughter was terrified of meeting characters and would instantly turn to tears when she saw them.  A Youth Counselors noticed this during a meet and greet in the club and pulled her aside.  Together, they made a "power mask" she could wear while characters were in the youth clubs.  Near the end of our cruise, my daughter bravely wore her mask, walked right up to Captain Mickey and gave him a big hug!

    To help prepare you to experience the same magic moments with your son, I would recommend you contact Special Services to discuss accommodations and needs while onboard.  They will be able to answer any questions you have prior to your cruise.  You can also look for family friendly events like "Family Movie Fun Time" in the Buena Vista Theatre.  Lights are kept on and the volume is low creating an environment for kids to jump around, giggle and enjoy a movie!  If waiting in line is a challenge, have one member of your family wait in line for character meet and greets and your son can join when it's time to say hello to our favorite mouse!

    For more specific information be sure to check out Disney Cruise Line's Information for Guests with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Enjoy making memories!  Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Minnesota

Hello there Castaways! I have followed the adventures of mermaids and pirates alike since I was a young princess myself.  Disney and the sea are two of my passions.  My husband and I, along with our two little adventurers, love traveling the world sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Let's work together to chart a course to a vacation that you will remember for a lifetime! Learn More About Angie

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