Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 25, 2011
    Avery 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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    My family and I are travelling to Orlando on March 7-11th of this year from Canada and my son has autism. Is their any special services that Disney offers for children with special needs? If so, should I bring a letter of diagnosis from my doctor?

    Hi Avery!

    If you son has sensory issues and/or suffers from over-stimulation, or needs other accommodations, I would definitely stop by Guest Services and ask for a Guest Assistance Card (GAC).  While we've never been asked for documentation, I always bring along a letter with us stating modifications that would benefit our child; our letter does not state a specific diagnosis. 

    A GAC could provide access to another queue where you'll be able to wait in a less crowded area, and possibly decrease your wait time.  Be sure that you pack some of his favorite things from home, and some ideas of things you can do to distract or comfort him. 

    I hope you have a MAGICAL vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Texas

I am a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to my 2 boys and daughter.  I've been married to my High School sweetheart since 2000, and we consider ourselves experienced Walt Disney World travelers with little ones. Learn More About Amanda

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