• On Dec 28, 2016
    Charity from VA 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.

    I KNOW my boys would love to do a pirate cruises at Disney. However, my oldest has autism related issues that require he be closely supervised (think 1 on 1 aide.) Do you know of if/how these issues could be accommodated or is there no hope? Thanks!

    Hello and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Charity.

    As a mom of an Autistic teenage boy, I empathize with your situation. I have experienced the swashbuckling cruises from Disney's Pirate Adventures Cruise with my son. Our first Pirate cruise was a bit challenging, in that, I had to be present in order to shadow my son, as a 1:1 support. I was allowed to do this as a companion which was perfect and enabled me to acclimate and set boundaries because I wanted my son to experience this a second time unaccompanied, which he did with ease. During the booking process, I spoke with a Cast Member regarding my son's needs and they were able to accommodate us. I don't know how your booking process will pan out, but it's worth a try. I have found that Cast Members always make an honest and sincere effort to afford my son an inclusive and enjoyable experience. There is always hope; please do not give up.

    May I offer Disney's Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities, and in particular, draw your attention to Disney's Disability Access Service (DAS) which may benefit your son's visit. As well, I always reference the Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities, especially pages 12 and 13 offering sample itineraries similar to a daily schedule board. As well, my son loves the Pirate Rooms.

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Meet the Panelist: Jacqueline, Ontario

Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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