• On Apr 2, 2018
    Laura from ON 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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    We are preparing for our first cruise this summer and we are super excited. My son has high functioning Autism and can get overwhelmed at times. I’m just looking for any suggestions to make this a truely magical experience for my son and the family.

    Ahoy, Laura!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm thrilled that you and your family will be sailing on your very first voyage with Captain Mickey at the helm! From a fellow mama of a son with special needs, I can whole-heartedly say you've chosen the best vacation destination for your pirate crew!

    I understand the importance of planning in advance for a vacation and am happy to share my suggestions on how to make your son's first high-seas adventure a magical one! First, I recommend giving Disney Cruise Line's Special Services Team a call at (407) 566-3602 to share a little bit about your son. The Special Services Team might suggest accommodations to make your son's cruise a smooth-sailing one. Have you read the Information for Guests with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? This guide is an amazing resource for families and is filled with great ideas. For example, the "Family Movie Fun Time" allows Guests to watch a movie at ease knowing they can clap, sing or dance without disturbing other Guests. If your pirate is excited to meet Disney Characters but standing in line is challenging, an adult in your family can hold his place and he can reunite with them in line once it's your family's turn! I also recommend downloading the "My Disney Cruise Adventure Booklet" prior to setting sail. This complimentary 30-page printable activity booklet will acquaint your son with all the fun he can expect to have before stepping onto the ship.

    Laura, I can't wait for the fun and adventure that awaits your family on your inaugural Disney Cruise! If you have any more questions during the planning process, please sail back and visit us again!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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