Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 1, 2010
    Donna 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 is our first visit. We had 9 people in party. One Child is in a wheelchair and has autism. Is there anything we need to do special for him and the other 2 children? Especially for the fireworks.

    Hi Donna,

    Many guests who have children with special needs feel that Disney is a very user-friendly destination for their families.  I'm one of them!  I recommend stopping at Guest Relations at whichever park you visit first to explain your party's needs.  Your group can receive a Guest Assistance Card, which will enable you to access attractions via an accessible, alternate entrance.  This will greatly reduce your waiting times on attractions, and allow your special guests a less crowded area to wait.  You will also be permitted to sit in designated handicap accessible "parking/seating" areas for parades and shows.  Regarding fireworks, there are many fabulous options for seeing Wishes (the fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom) in a less-intense (less loud) environment than in front of the Castle hub, which gets very crowded, and might be overwhelming.  One of my favorite places is the beach at the Polynesian Resort.  The show is just as spectacular, and much more serene.  A well-timed diner at the California Grille at the Contemporary Resort is another fantastic venue.  The music from the performance is piped into the restaurant, making the experience extra magical.

    I hope your entire family has a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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