Family with Mickey and Minnie
  • On Mar 17, 2023
    Andrew from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! My family will be going to Disneyland in April. My niece is 2.5 years old and is autistic. I heard about the Finding Nemo room next to the ride, but I am curious to know if Disney has anything else for children with special needs? Thank you.

    Hi there, Andrew!

    Welcome to planDisney, I am so honored to be part of the planning for your niece. The Disneyland Resort works hard to make the parks a magical place for everyone, including accommodations for guests who need a little extra pixie dust.

    Depending on your niece's specific needs, she may qualify for the Disability Access Service (DAS) offered in the parks. This service is designed to help guests who have a difficult time waiting in a traditional line due to their disabilities. The easiest way to find out if she is eligible is to have her parent or guardian join a video chat with a Cast Member to see if she qualifies for DAS Advance. This video chat can be done up to 30 days before your visit, but it must be done at least 2 days before your visit.

    Make sure your niece's parent or guardian has tickets and park reservations for everyone in their party (including you!) linked to their Disney account before they request the video chat. If your niece qualifies then the Cast Member will help your party set up some activities for your group at the parks. I would definitely have your niece's guardian chat with them and see what they think the right options are to make a magical trip for your niece! You might also find some great resources on the Disneyland webpage for guests with cognitive disabilities. 

    I love that you mentioned the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage! It's true that guests who can't navigate the narrow stairs into the submarine, or who are uncomfortable with very tight spaces, can visit the Observation Outpost. Just ask a member of the N.E.M.O. Institute (they look a lot like Cast Members) to point you in the right direction and you'll be able to see a video of the submarine voyage thanks to the onboard "SubCam" live feed. There is a similar room that might be available for the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, too! 

    I know that a lot of stimulation can be difficult for kiddos like your niece. I highly recommend bringing along a blanket, a comfort object, and some ear protection for her. Please don't be afraid to take breaks! Everyone can get overwhelmed, but these are some of our favorite quiet spots in Disneyland Park:

    Andrew, your niece is so lucky to have a magical uncle like you! If you'd like more ideas about navigating the parks, or recommendations on quiet spots in Disney's California Adventure Park, just send me a note and I'll be back in a flash!

    Keep moving forward!

    Amanda

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Utah

Hi! I'm Amanda—a pixie-sized wife, mom, engineer, content strategist, and Disneyland Resort specialist! I fell in love with science as a kid at Disneyland Park, learning about physics while I waited to ride Space Mountain. I love how Disney combines art, words, science, and music to create incredible experiences. Solving challenging problems is one of my favorite things, I'm so excited to help you design the perfect strategy for a magical day! Learn More About Amanda

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