• On Aug 16, 2017
    Stefanie from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Looking for some advice in trip planning when you have children with ADHD and autism. Thank you.

    Hi Stefanie ~

    As a Mom to a son with special needs, I love to see that you are planning ahead! The Walt Disney World Resort is committed to assisting Guests with all of types of special needs including those with autism. They have put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is available online by clicking on the link I've provided. That will give you some great information to help you before and during your trip.

    You can request Disability Access Service (DAS) by visiting Guest Relations at any of the four theme parks. Cast Members will ask you some questions so that they can best accommodate your child's specific needs. You will not be required to provide any type of supporting documentation. Here is a link with details explaining how DAS works.

    Plan ahead by making advanced dining reservations and Disney FastPass+ selections. This will cut down on your wait times.

    Bring any comfort items including electronics if possible. Headphones or ear plugs help keep the noise level down. If your child becomes anxious, remember to relax, and remove them from the situation until they calm down. There are quiet places in the parks to give them a break. A suggested list is provided on the link above or ask the nearest Cast Member. Know your child's limits. If you see that they have had enough, pack it up and head back to your resort. You may not get to do everything on this trip but you can make the most of everything you do.

    I am limited in space but please feel free to visit again. Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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