• On Jul 6, 2009
    Angie from TX 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.

    Planning ouf 1st WDW trip for June 2010. I have an autistic 9 yr old daughter and was wondering about the restrooms in the parks. Do the toilets flush automatically or manually? Thank You....

    The vast majority of the toilets throughout Walt Disney World parks flush automatically. This can be an issue for many children, not just those on the autism spectrum. I have heard many stories kids that were terrified when the automatic toilets flushed unexpectedly while the child was seated.

    The automatic toilets are activated by a motion sensor. This is almost always found by looking for a red dot of light above the toilet. The standard way that people deal with a skittish child is to disable the motion sensor by placing something over it so that the red "eye" can't see. An easy way to do this is to carry a pad of Post-Its with you. I have found that the purple Post-Its, which are more opaque than lighter colors, work best. When your child enters the stall, simply place the Post-It over the sensor. The toilet will now not flush on its own. When your child is done, just toss the paper.

    I have also heard people bringing a roll of painter's tape (the blue masking tape) and using this to cover the sensor. If you don't mind remaining in the stall with your child, you could always just cover the sensor with your hand.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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