Mickey Celebrates D100; castle; fireworks; night
  • On Mar 15, 2024
    Keira from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We’re planning a family trip to Disneyland, and my dad is a wounded veteran with PTSD triggered by fireworks. Is there somewhere in the park he can go and sit during the show where he can’t hear them, or will he need to leave the park and go to our hotel?

    Hello there, Keira, thanks for stopping by planDisney. First off, please thank your dad for his service and I'm sorry to hear that fireworks are triggering for him. I understand the concern to make sure he is both safe and comfortable visiting the parks! While we don't have a veteran in our immediate family, we do have a couple of kiddos (now adults) that can't handle loud noises. When they were younger, we'd rush out the park so they didn't have to hear the fireworks! Today, they opt to wear their Loop headphones throughout the day for comfort and safety. 

    The fireworks at Disneyland Resort are magical but they are also extremely loud and, as you've shared, can be triggering for guests for various reasons. I'm happy to share that you can still have an enjoyable experience with a little planning. Be sure to check the Disneyland app for the events and entertainment schedule, this will help you plan around experiences that may cause an issue due to the loud noises. I highly recommend noise cancelling headphones, and when you have the entertainment schedule to know potential trigger scenarios, they can be worn ahead of time. The fireworks are definitely louder in the parks and as a caution know that they can still be heard throughout the general Disneyland Resort Area, so it really depends on how far your hotel is and what your plans are before leaving the park if it may be an issue. There are quiet rooms and break areas and you can visit one of the Guest Services kiosks throughout the resort to chat with a cast member should you find that you need a quiet spot before the fireworks. There are also some great guides for both parks sharing information for guests with disabilities that you can download. We've found these helpful for different members of our family!

    There are also other Disability services that Disneyland Resort offers, and you can visit City Hall at Disneyland Park or the Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure Park for more information on Disability Access Service (DAS) pass, too! Did you also know that there are special offers for active and retired members of the US military? I hope that this information helps, Keira, and that you and your family have a magical visit to the Disneyland Resort in May. You'll be visiting during Star Wars Season of the Force and Pixar Fest, which I am very excited to experience this year. 

    If anything else comes to mind before your visit, feel free to send over more questions. Thanks for stopping by and May the Force be with you all!
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Hiya pals! I’m a California dreamer, wife of over 20 years, and mama to five. Traveling to Disneyland with a large family is fun and sometimes overwhelming, but I'm here to help! When I'm not strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. with a churro in hand, I'm crafting gifts for my shop and supporting organizations with HR, branding, and communications! I love finding ways to infuse Disney magic into every aspect of my life! I can’t wait to show you a whole new world at the Disneyland Resort! Learn More About Camille

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