• On Jun 1, 2019
    Michelle from ON 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.

    I am planning a trip to Disney Florida with my grandson. Was wondering if you have any idea if they have special access to the park with a child with autism.

    Hi, Michelle!  Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm so excited to hEAR that you are planning a "grand" adventure to the Walt Disney World Resort!  My own son has autism, so I can tell you from personal experience that the Walt Disney World Resort goes above and beyond to make the magic accessible to ALL guests.  One of the many reasons that my family returns to the Most Magical Place on Earth year after year is that the accommodations they have in place take the stress out of traveling with a child who has special needs.

    As you plan for your trip, I would recommend you familiarize yourself with the Walt Disney World Resort's Services for Guests with Disabilities.  When we visit with my son, we utilize Disability Access Service (DAS).  DAS is intended for guests whose disability prevents them from waiting in a traditional queue environment.  If you would like to see if DAS would be an appropriate accommodation for your grandson, just stop by Guest Relations when you arrive at any of the theme parks.  You will be able to chat with a friendly Guest Relations Cast Member, and they can determine if DAS is a good fit for your family.  If so, they will get that set up for you and explain how to use it.

    Every person on the autism spectrum is different, but I can tell you a few things that work well when we visit the Walt Disney World Resort with my son.  My kiddo craves routine and likes to know what to expect.  Therefore, we talk about our vacation plans well in advance with him and familiarize him with our itinerary.  We also give him updates throughout the day of what we will be doing next.  If he is feeling overstimulated while in the theme parks, we like to find a quiet bench in an out-of-the-way spot to take a break.  The theme park First Aid centers are another great spot for a break.

    I am providing you with a link to the Walt Disney World Resort's Resources for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.  This resource guide has a wealth of information that I think you will find extremely helpful as you prepare for your visit with your grandson.  Michelle, please feel free to send me any additional questions that you might have.  I hope you and your grandson will make many magical memories together at the Walt Disney World Resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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