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  • On Dec 6, 2018
    Kathya from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi am Kathya. We're planning on going to Walt Disney Orlando and someone told me that you are so good with special needs kids. Our son is 5 and he is autistic, what are the specifics regarding to this?

    Welcome to the Moms Panel, Kathya! Indeed, Walt Disney World Resort strives to accommodate the needs of all their Guests, including those with Cognitive Disabilities.

    The place Where Dreams Come True is, by far, one of the most accessible vacation destinations that you can possibly visit. Please stop by Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Service Card (DAS) for your son. Take a peek at the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card Fact Sheet. DAS are issued to Guests with a wide variety of special needs, including those with Cognitive Disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    Do be sure to check the very useful guide of Attraction Details for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities - Walt Disney World® Resort prior to visiting. Also, please keep in mind you may use DAS in conjunction with FastPass+ and Rider Switch too.

    If your son needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, consider the following. At Magic Kingdom Park take a ride to Tom Sawyer Island. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park ride the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. At Disney's Hollywood Studios stop by the tables and chairs area near Echo Lake. Epcot has several open spaces and water fountains that can help anyone refocus.

    I hope this information was helpful, Kathya. Please write back with more questions as you continue to plan your visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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