Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 19, 2012
    Jayne from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi panel, I am planning a trip the first week in April for 3 of my grandchildren.They are very excited about Disney but I 'm wondering what kind of allowances can be made for my youngest grandson (7) who has autism?

    Hi Jayne.  I have no doubt your grandchildren are super excited; they have good reason to be!  As for your youngest grandson, accommodations for his needs can certainly be made.  Those accommodations will depend greatly on his individual needs.  You'll want to head directly to Guest Services (in any of the theme parks) when you arrive.  Speak to a Cast Member about a Guest Assistance Card.  He or she will ask you for details on your grandson's needs; you should be prepared to explain those fully.  Based on the information you provide, the Cast Member will give you a Guest Assistance Card personalized for your grandson.  Typical accommodations include: seating to accommodate visual or hearing difficulties, alternate place to wait in line, and stair-free entrances.  Do be aware that they cannot offer a "front of the line" pass.  However, if you are as specific with possible in describing your grandson's limitations, Disney will do everything they can to ensure a magical trip for your whole family.  Have a great time!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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