• On Jul 12, 2013
    Maureen Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family of 5(kids 7B, 6B, and 4G) are going to WDW 12/4-12/13. My oldest is on the autism spectrum and tires easily, especially with a lot of sensory stimulation. Does anyone have any ideas of rides or times in certain parks to avoid? Maybe an itinerary?

    Hi Maureen! A holiday vacation at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite times for a visit. Generally you will find the crowds not as busy at this time then during the holidays or summer months. Obviously it is impossible to predict but between the weather and the average attendance this is a good time to come.

    The parks are least crowded early in the morning. It would be best to get the family up and going early and then take them back to the resort each day for a rest and possible swim. As far as attractions go you can stop at the Guest Services location in each park and they can assist you on which attractions have darkness or bright lights and sounds. We simply don't have the space to go through each park in this forum. If you have any question when you arrive at an attraction you can also ask the cast member stationed out front.

    Your best bet is to find the attractions that use the Fast Pass system as you will have minimal waits in lines for these if you have the Fast Pass. There are time boards in each park that will also alert you to wait times so you know if it is something your family can handle. If you have a smart phone you can also download the My Disney Experience app which will show you wait times.

    Parade and fireworks time in the Magic Kingdom is busy especially along the Main Street. Both are wonderful to see but it might be best to try to book the Tomorrowland Dessert Party or a Fireworks Specialty Cruise to avoid too much sensory stimulation. Once the fireworks have finished this park will clear out and you can often enjoy a few more attractions if the park remains open.

    Prioritize your attraction list for the family and just attempt to do what you can and then enjoy the resort for rest and quiet times later each day. Often a short rest will be enough to return for more fun later in the evening.
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