• On Apr 19, 2019
    Carrie 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.

    hi moms im taking my 4yo wyatt he is developmental disabled he acts like a 1.5 maybe 2yo what do u recommend we do its our 1st time going its his birthday gift from me (mom) anything lights colors numbers shapes he loves the roller coasters at Darien lake

    Hi, Carrie!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Like you, I am also the parent of a child with special needs.  I can assure you from personal experience that the Walt Disney World Resort does an amazing job of making the magic accessible to everyone.  Prior to your visit, I would suggest that you familiarize yourself with Walt Disney World Resort's Services for Guests with Disabilities.  You may also find this guide for guests with cognitive disabilities very helpful.  When you arrive for your first day of Walt Disney World theme park fun, head to Guest Relations and speak to a Cast Member to see what, if any, accommodations would be appropriate for your little guy.

    Planning your little Mouseketeer's first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort is so exciting!  I suggest you do some research prior to your trip to see which attractions your son might enjoy the most.  You can filter the attractions page on the Walt Disney World website by height and thrill level to find the attractions that would be appropriate for your kiddo.  If he is at least 35 inches tall, The Barnstormer is a great family roller coaster ride, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a must-do attraction for guests 38 inches or taller.  Of course, there are many attractions that can be experienced by guests of any height.  Be sure to take in all of the colors and sights on "it's a small world."

    In addition to attractions, the Walt Disney World Resort also offers a variety of entertainment experiences.  I think your son might enjoy the Disney Junior Dance Party!  If you think he would like to meet some of his favorite Disney characters, I would suggest a character dining experience.  Please keep in mind that dining reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made 180 days in advance.

    Be sure to ask a Cast Member at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or any Guest Relations location for a "First Visit" or "Happy Birthday" button for your little guy.  You never know what kind of pixie dust will come your way when Cast Members see a guest wearing their button.

    If we can help with any other vacation planning questions, please visit us again.  Wishing you and your son a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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