Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 9, 2022
    Nichole from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm looking for what park is best for my autistic daughter. I do not want to go to magic kingdom and was looking more into animal kingdom. What do you offer to help an autistic 4 years old have fun or accommodate her?

    Hey there Nichole and welcome to planDisney!

    The magic is calling everyone to the Walt Disney World Resort and guess what. It's calling your baby too! I see you've done your research for which park may be the best Disney Intro for your daughter's needs. Let me try to help you with a bit more pixie dust for your princess on her visit.

    Are you familiar with Disability Access Service (DAS)? If your princess has trouble waiting you can get a return time for rides she wants to try and find other interesting things to occupy her wait like a walk down the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. And the best part is you can register before your trip via a virtual appointment with a Cast Member. There's also a super detailed and informative guide for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

    Now having spent some years as a support aid for those on the spectrum, here's a bit of advice for a first-time princess with her own way of doing things.  Prepare her beforehand with details and/or videos of different attractions. There are some great walk-through videos of the park so she'll be familiar with the location. Choose princess wear she'll be most comfortable in. Maybe even let her pick it herself if it'll make her happy! Set a pace she's comfortable with. If the Affection Section is giving her more of a thrill than sitting still on Kilimanjaro Safaris, that's ok. 

    Nichole, the Disney Parks are as much for your princess as anyone else. She's going to have a magical time!

    Happy planning!


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Meet the Panelist: Taylor, Louisiana

Hey y'all! I'm a Louisiana Royal like Princess Tiana. I'm a musical theatre actress with a love for all things Disney. My multigenerational family can be found in the Disney Parks with a party of 10 or more, including my beloved goddaughter. Careful! She'll run you over on her way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! It's going to be a thrill making magic with you. Happy planning y'all! Learn More About Taylor

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