Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Sep 15, 2012
    Beverly from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am planning our first family trip to WDW. We will be traveling with our 3 kids. Our oldest son has Downs and we were planning to go in Aug. during the week of his & our youngest sons birthdays. What specials does Disney offer for Special needs kids?

    One thing I love most about Walt Disney World, Beverly, is that there truly is something there for every member of the family, special needs loved ones included.  Guests with special needs are welcome to visit Guest Services and obtain a Guest Assistance Card.  This pass will allow for accommodations specific to any needs your son might have.  If he has vision impairment, for instance, he can be accommodated in special seating areas of select shows to allow him a clear perspective.  Just be prepared to tell the Cast Member who assists you exactly what your son's limitations are and he or she will be able to offer accommodations.  Beyond that, Disney doesn't offer any specific perks to children with special needs.  In my experience, though, Cast Members have always gone above and beyond to make my twelve-year-old feel like a true princess.  Even the characters have some extra love for my little girl with an extra chromosome.  I hope you experience that same bit of pixie dust during your trip! 
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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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