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  • On Mar 4, 2015
    Kimberly from FL 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.

    We plan on a DAS for my 14-year old with autism. My question is, will we still access most rides through an alternate entrance? Even if the standard entrance had a zero wait, she might balk as the alternate entrance is all she knows from the GAC days.

    Hi, Kimberly!  With the Disability Access Services card, there is no longer a need for alternate entrances, as the queues at Walt Disney World can accommodate wheelchairs and electronic convenience vehicles, and the DAS card allows guests to return at a time that will permit them quick access to the attraction.  

    However, in an effort to accommodate guests with special needs in the best way possible, you can assist cast members in helping to provide your daughter with a more magical experience.  When you go into guest services to obtain your Disability Access Services card, don't simply state that your child is autistic.  You may want to spell out specifically the needs of your child.  For example, instead of telling them she is autistic and cannot wait in a general queue, spell out that perhaps she has sensory issues that prevent her from being in a confined area, where she risks others touching her.  This will alert cast members to her specific needs, and they can better provide an accommodation that will help her enjoy the visit as much as she has previously.

    I have found that while the DAS does change the way things are being done since the days of the Guest Assistance Card, the cast members genuinely want your family's experience to be the best it can be.  As much as they can, they will help give your daughter the accommodations she needs.

    Sending you an extra sprinkling of pixie dust that this upcoming vacation is your most magical yet!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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