• On Sep 10, 2019
    Debbie from AZ 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.

    Is there a place special needs children can get away from the sights and sounds for a little down time? We were able to go to a room on main street during our make-a-wish last year. Just wondering if there is a room like that for this year.

    Hi there, Debbie! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I’m so glad you’re returning to the Happiest Place on Earth in just a few short weeks! You’re in for a spook-tacular visit since Halloween Time is in full swing!

    The Disneyland Resort hopes to ensure a comfortable visit for all guests, including those with special needs. I’m pleased to report that there are several quieter spots throughout the Resort that are ideal for taking a break. In fact, feel free to download this helpful Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities, which includes a section on where to take a break. These are the perfect spots for Guests with cognitive disabilities who have become over-stimulated or need some down time, to enjoy some peace and quiet. 

    In Disneyland Park, you can find some respite in First Aid, located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., just past the Baby Care Center. In Critter Country, you’ll find the break spot near The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. In Adventureland, head toward the base of Tarzan’s Treehouse. In Mickey’s Toontown, there’s a quiet spot near the planter area in front of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

    When you’re in Disney California Adventure Park, take a break in First Aid, located next to the Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street. In Hollywood Land, there’s a quiet spot in the Backlot area near Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! On Pixar Pier, head toward the World of Color viewing area in Paradise Gardens Park during the daytime for a relaxing break. The shaded tables near Paradise Garden Grill and Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta are also a nice, quiet spot between lunch and dinner crowds. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is another great break location, with its winding trails, lush landscape, and serene setting.

    If you have trouble finding any of these locations, simply ask a Cast Member for assistance. Should your Mouseketeer require any additional help, I’d recommend stopping by Guest Relations. A helpful Cast Member will be happy to find a solution to make your child feel more comfortable. 

    Lastly, here’s the Entertainment Schedule for your arrival date, so you can start mapping out the magic now! I also recommend downloading the Disneyland app, which is a great handy helper inside the parks. Use it to make dining reservations, check wait times, find favorite Characters, and even mobile order food and drinks!

    Wishing you a stress-free, magical visit to the Disneyland Resort this October!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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