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  • On Oct 24, 2019
    Anjita from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. I am planning a trip from November 10th-14th with my 3 kids. 2 of whom have a disability. Autism and selective mutism. Are there character experiences they can have which would be more personable to them and maybe in a quieter environment without rush?

    Hi Anjita,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am sure you are so excited about your upcoming vacation. You and your family are going to have a wonderful time at the Most Magical Place on EARth!

    I understand how much you want to make your visit special for all of your children, and I want to reassure you that Walt Disney World is committed to ALL of its Guests having a magical experience, including those with special needs. I think your first stop should be Guest Services, where you can see if the Disability Access Service (DAS) would be helpful for your kiddos. DAS allows your family to minimize your wait time at attractions (including Character Greetings), by returning at a designated time. My dEAR friend Samantha's son has autism, and she recently did an excellent job explaining the workings of the service. You can find her explanation here.

    The great thing about most of the Character Meet-and-Greets is that once you are in the room with the Character, you are relatively shielded from other Guests. One of our favorite Character Greetings is with Olaf in Disney's Hollywood Studios. He is in a quiet room enjoying his summer break, and since it's slightly hidden behind Journey of the Little Mermaid, it is often not busy at all! We also love visiting Ariel in her Grotto. It is cool and quiet, and she excels at making you feel quite comfortable under the sea!

    If your kiddos are young Jedis, I love Star Wars Launch Bay. You can meet the greatest Wookie in the Galaxy, along with Kylo Ren, and the cutest sidekick - BB8! The Launch Bay is quiet, and each of the Characters is in a private room, so your meeting will be relaxed and personable.

    Anjita, I hope these recommendations work for your children! If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to come back.

    Rayna
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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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