Mom and child in resort room
  • On Jun 25, 2019
    Theresa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I’m taking my severely autistic son to Disney world and need to make sure we stay in a quiet room where we are not disturbed, can u suggest somewhere? We have the budget for a value or moderate resort.

    Hi Theresa,

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel and bringing us this really important question! I, too, have a Mouseketeer with autism and would be happy to share about our experiences with you.

    First, as far as where you'd like to stay, if you're looking at Value or Moderate Resorts, I'd recommend Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter because it's quite a bit smaller in size than some of the other Resort hotels. There's only one bus stop there, so there's less transportation noise, and we've found its quaint southern charm to make a very peaceful place to retreat. Another great option would be The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Each cabin is spread out a bit and enjoys its own bit of nature, plus with a full kitchen, you could even prepare some meals in the quiet of your own room. Wherever you decide to stay, I'd suggest calling a Cast Member and letting them know that you have a kiddo with autism and would like to place a room request for a quiet location. While room requests cannot be guaranteed, Cast Members will do everything they can to help your stay be magical.

    Before you arrive, I'd encourage you to check out all of the wonderful services available for Guests with cognitive disabilities and read through this handy dandy guide made for parents like you and me. One other thing I like to do is make a book with pictures of places we'll be staying, dining, and visiting to help my son become more familiar with what our vacation will be like. Also, please feel free to pack some things that would be comforting to your son. I often bring headphones, a sensory brush, favorite snacks, and some fidget toys in case my Mouseketeer needs a break. Once you arrive, I recommend visiting a Guest Relations location inside a theme park with your entire party and asking about the Disability Access Service. It's a wonderful blessing for kiddos who struggle with waiting in traditional queues.

    Please come back and see us again if we can help with anything else as you're planning your trip, Theresa. I'm really happy to let you know that with a little planning ahead, we've found "The Most Magical Place on Earth" to be magical for everyone, and my son with autism LOVES our Disney vacations. I hope that you and your son have a truly magical vacation!

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Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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