Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Sep 22, 2012
    Sid from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    In the planning stages for a 75th Birthday trip to DW and/or a Disney Cruise for 11-13 people. One of the children has Down's Syndrome (he will be 4) and most likely not be potty trained. Gma and Gpa will watch him a bit, but are there other options? TY!

    Wow, Sid!  Sounds like an extraordinary celebration. Thank you for directing your question to me.  I hope I can help!  You do have some options for childcare at the Walt Disney World Resort.  You might consider calling Kids Night Out.  They are a Disney recommended child care service that will come to your resort room to babysit.  They don't have the same rules regarding potty trained children as Disney does.  My husband and I have used them in the past to care for our children, including our then five-year-old daughter with Down syndrome.  I would recommend them as a great option.

    If you decide to cruise, you may have a bit more difficulty.  The Youth Clubs on board Disney's ships are open to fully potty trained children ages 3-17.  They do make accommodations for children with special needs to allow them to partake in modified participation for limited time periods.  Those situations are decided on a case by case basis after speaking with the counselors on the ship.  In other words, there is no guarantee that your almost but-not-quite potty trained little guy will be permitted to visit the Youth Clubs outside of open house hours.  With that in mind, I would advise you only to book the cruise if you would feel comfortable doing so without the option of having the four-year-old participate in the Youth Clubs.  Still, I'm sure you're going to have an amazing time no matter which trip (or combos of trips) you choose.     
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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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