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  • On Feb 2, 2013
    Kristine 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.

    Hi, Our 16 year old son has autism and I am concerned about getting on/off rides. He transitions slowly. Are there rides we should avoid?Is there help available?

    Hi Kristine,

    Disney does a good job of making all guests feel special.

    There are some rides such as Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin or  Spaceship Earth which continuously load guests. This means the ride in theory never stops and guests must keep pace to enter the attraction. This is different then the single load rides such as Jungle Cruise where a boat always docks and waits to load guests and then moves forward.

    Well no worries for any of the attractions! Simply approach the cast member at the front of the attraction and explain your son's needs. The cast member can then slow the ride. When he goes to disembark, the ride will slow again.

    Luckily, most of the attractions should not present an issue for your son as they stop to load and unload based on guests ability to enter and exit the attraction.

    You can look at all of the rides by visiting the Walt Disney World site. You may even want to talk with your son about each ride if he is helping you plan your trip.

    Your son may be eligible for a Guest Assistance Card (GAC). You would need to bring a note from his doctor explaining his slow transitions. You would present the note to the cast member at guest services at one of the parks who would determine if your son needs this card. 

    You can reach out to the team at Guests with Disabilities with any additional questions.

    Wishing you a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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