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  • On Mar 27, 2023
    Rachel from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have epilepsy and cannot be in dark spaces or around flashing lights. Are there multiple rides I could still safely enjoy? Do the signs warn those that have photosensitivity issues to not ride?

    A very merry unbirthday to you, Rachel!

    I'm so glad you followed the White Rabbit through Wonderland and found your way here to planDisney today. We're all mad for Disney here, and it seems like you must be too. Hooray!

    While your epilepsy will affect the way you tour the theme parks on your upcoming vacation, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a truly magical trip. First and foremost, please consult your doctor for guidance on any restrictions you have as a result of your condition. Since many of the shows, nighttime spectaculars, and attractions utilize specialty lighting and other visual effects, it’s important to discuss how to navigate them safely to avoid triggering an episode. Once you have a detailed set of instructions from your doctor, I encourage you to contact Disability Services at (407) 560-2547 or by email at They will be able to assist you further based on your specific needs, but please remember to follow your doctor’s guidance above all else.

    As for avoiding attractions with dark places, I suggest using the interactive map feature in your My Disney Experience mobile app. Choose “Attractions” from the drop-down menu at the top of the map, then click “Filter.” Select the theme park you will be visiting, then select “Dark” under the Thrill Factor section. Click “Apply” to see the attractions that could potentially pose a risk. You can select “Show List” in the top-right corner for a user-friendly list. Additionally, if you need to avoid the theme parks at nighttime, I encourage you to arrive in time for rope drop each morning (when the park officially opens) to have as much time to experience the magic as possible while it’s still light outside. If you will be staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, you can also take advantage of Early Theme Park Entry, which allows you to enter the parks 30 minutes prior to the official park opening time each day.

    Rachel, I hope this information proves useful. If you find yourself curiouser and curiouser about all the exciting new offerings at Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to follow planDisney on Instagram. Feel free to step back through the planDisney looking glass again if more questions pop up before your trip.

    Keep painting the roses red,

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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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