Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 27, 2012
    Ann from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My oldest will be 11 and has autism. Does he need a doctor note to get this pass i am reading about on the site? Also I am worried about the noise level and am wondering if there is any headphones or something that is safe for the rides that he may wear?

    The technical term for the pass you are referring to, Ann, is a Guest assistance card.  While you do not need a doctor's note in order to obtain one for your son, you will need to be prepared to provide details as to your son's limitations.  Armed with this information, just head into any Guest Services location at Walt Disney World.  The Cast Member who helps you will use the information you provide to create a personalized Guest Assistance Card that will grant appropriate accommodations for your son. 

    As for noise levels, I am not aware of Disney providing any type of assistive device for those with an aversion to noise.  I can tell you, however, that when my daughter (who has Down syndrome) was much younger, she had a strong aversion to loud noises.  In order to ensure her needs were met, we always brought those gummy orange earplugs you can buy at most drug stores.  We would just insert them into her ears before entering shows and attractions that we thought might be disturbing to her.  It worked like a charm.  If you have headphones or something similar at home that your son is used to, I would recommend you bring it along.  Enjoy your trip!
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