• On Sep 17, 2019
    Johanna from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi everyone! My name is Johanna, a worried mom here. My little girl is Autistic and sensitive to sound, as well have nasty attacks when she gets worked up. Is there things to make sure I am not stressed out as well she has a wonderful time.

    Hi Johanna,

    From one mama of a Mouseketeer with autism to another, I'd love to share some things with you that have worked for our family so that you and your princess can visit "The Most Magical Place on Earth" and have a BLAST together.

    First, I'd encourage you to read through all of the wonderful services provided for Guests visiting with autism. I can tell you that the Disability Access Service has made a world of difference for my kiddo, who can easily get overwhelmed. If you're concerned about your daughter's ability to wait in a traditional queue, be sure to have your entire party stop by the Guest Relations location inside the theme park when you first arrive to chat with the Cast Members there about your concerns. If they feel like it would be helpful, they'll be able to get you set up with the Disability Access Service. I also recommend looking at lots of pictures or watching these fantastic planning videos beforehand so that she has a better idea about what to expect. Please feel free to pack some favorite items to help her, too. We usually pack headphones, some sensory toys, and favorite snacks, and I bring those things into the parks with me. I'd also encourage you to make sure to take some breaks during your day. Whether it's lingering at a meal a little longer, running around Tom Sawyer Island at Magic Kingdom Park, or asking the Cast Members at Guest Relations where some quiet spots are around the parks, allowing for some down time can be a real blessing. Finally, be sure to check out this helpful guide about what to expect at each attraction. If your daughter struggles with darkness, loud noises, elements of surprise, or any other sensory inputs, it will help you know what attractions might be difficult for her.

    Thanks so much for bringing us this really important question, Johanna, and please come back and see us again if you have any other questions as you're planning your visit. I hope that you and your daughter have a truly magical vacation together!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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