Mom And Son Radiator Springs Racers
  • On Feb 2, 2015
    Vittoria from NY 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.

    This will be the first time experience for my seven year old son. My son was born with a genetic disease called, neurofibomotosis type 1. Thankfully my little boy is not physically handicapped, however there are other medical issues. Help with a resort?

    Hello Vittoria!

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I’m so excited you will be visiting the Disneyland Resort. As a mom of a special needs child myself, choosing the right resort/hotel is just as important as visiting the parks.

    I personally love Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and try to stay there when possible. In addition to being an exceptional property, the Grand Californian also has it’s own entrance into Disney California Adventure Park so it’s quicker to get to and from the fun should we need down time or something comes up medically. Across the way from the hotel is the monorail into Disneyland Park as well, so it’s definitely the closest hotel to both parks.

    Disneyland Hotel is another great property that is really close to the action, and then further out is Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. There are some great Good Neighbor Hotels, but with my son’s needs, we try to stay on property as often as we can. When we do stay off property, we usually go to the Howard Johnson Hotel which is about 2 blocks away, but you can request a room that faces the fireworks at night which allows you to see all of the magic, while being in your quiet and cozy hotel room. 

    When at the parks, don’t forget to look into the Disability Access Service and look over all of the services Disney provides to help guests make their time in the parks a little more enjoyable, no matter what abilities and disabilities you might be facing.

    I hope this helps and please let me know if you need any further help as you plan your trip!

    See you real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Emily, Colorado

I’m a wife and mom to three boys, ages 15, 10 and 6. My youngest is autistic so I love helping other special needs families plan Disney vacations and show them that they, too, can have a magical time together. In addition to being a total Disney fanatic, I am also a blogger who enjoys fashion, shopping and knitting. Learn More About Emily

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