Special Needs Family with Mirabel; girl in costume; Encanto
  • On Aug 11, 2023
    Kari from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. I really want to take my kids to Disney however my oldest child whose 12 is cognitively delayed and has sensory issues. Any suggestions on how to make this trip happen.

    Hey there Kari,

    Welcome to planDisney and thanks so much for your question! I always love the opportunity to help answer a question from a fellow Arizonan.

    Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for Guests. I can personally attest to seeing this commitment firsthand as I have had family members who have utilized the Disability Access Service (DAS) when visiting the parks, which has made the difference in enabling them to have a magical trip along with the rest of the family.

    This would be my first recommendation - check into DAS and see if it might be a helpful option for you! Note that it will require registering with a Cast Member either in person or on a video call. I would suggest pre-registering with DAS Advance where you set up a video call before your arrival (as soon as 30 days but no less than 2 days prior to your arrival to the parks) so you can get all set up prior to your trip.

    Second, the Disneyland Resort has an incredibly helpful hub for Guests with disabilities that gives tips, guides, and recommendations about how to explore the parks. This includes break areas and locations of companion bathrooms.

    Lastly, I had the opportunity to join a recent planDisney podcast episode, which I'm including here, where we reviewed the reimagined Mickey's Toontown.

    One of the most special aspects of this area to me was how welcoming and inclusive this area is to Guests of all abilities! There are so many great ways to explore this land for all of your kids. One of my favorite features is a grassy area in the back corner of Mickey's Toontown (behind Mickey's House and Chip 'N' Dale's GADGETcoaster) where there is shaded seating and the music is quieter. It's a great spot to be able to rest and have a snack.

    Thank you again for your question, Kari! I hope you and your family have such a great visit to the Disneyland Resort and are able to make magical memories together.

    Have a Magical Day,
    Greg
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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