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  • On Jun 2, 2023
    Karen from West Yorkshire Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi There, I am planning my next visit to WDW and wanted to ask if what if any provision is in place for children with additional needs? My daughter is autistic and struggles with long queues - is there any advice you could give on how to plan for this?

    Welcome to planDisney, Karen. I'm always delighted to hear that a fellow U.K. resident is planning an adventure to the Most Magical Place on Earth. One of my favourite things about Walt Disney World is how everyone works to make it an inclusive environment for all Guests.

    Walt Disney World offers Disability Access Service (DAS) to Guests who cannot wait in a typical queue environment. As a U.K. resident, preregistering for DAS is not possible from outside the States at this time. Instead, once you arrive at any Walt Disney World theme park, speak with Guest Relations to determine if DAS would be a good fit. You will only need to do this once for DAS to be valid for your trip. It's a simple and quick process with very helpful Cast Members. The person who needs the DAS service must be present for the interview. During this registration, please let the Cast Member know with which other Guests you're visiting the Theme Parks, as DAS can include up to five other Guests on each return time selection. 

    You may find it helpful to watch videos with your kiddo about what to expect before your trip. Many are available, including ride views, which can help things feel less of a sensory overload on arrival. 

    There are many quieter places to take some time in the Parks, including the Baby Care centers at all of the Parks. EPCOT (my beloved Park) deserves a special mention as there are quieter spots in the Pavillions throughout the World Showcase, and the Seas with Nemo & Friends aquarium is soothing for the soul.

    If certain items provide comfort at home, such as noise-canceling headphones or therapy putty, please feel free to bring what works for your child. We have always found sticking (as much as possible) to a similar routine as at home helpful too. 

    Karen, I hope this information helps you and your daughter have a magical time together, making many unforgettable memories, Louise.
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Meet the Panelist: Louise, United Kingdom

Welcome to planDisney! I'm happiest in perpetual planning mode for our next Walt Disney World trip - it's my chance to catch a bit of Disney magic in-between visits.

Walt Disney World provides the ultimate sense of escapism! I understand how much guests want to get out of their trip, especially when travelling internationally. Please let me help you prepare a 'practically perfect in every way' journey so you can be truly whisked away by Disney magic!

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