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  • On Jul 10, 2021
    Meghan from TN Asked

    Hello! I have sensory processing disorder and am going on a solo trip to Disney which will happen this month! I have been reading about the DAS pass but I was also wondering if there was any type of sensory room or something like it to help if I need it?

    Warm welcomes to planDisney, Meghan! 

    I am so excited to hear that you’re planning a solo trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth! You’re going to have a lovely time this summer! With magic and memories awaiting, I’m sure you’re counting the seconds until your incredible adventure! 

    I have such a wonderful family! They’re some of my most favorite people, and I’m so thankful for the things I have learned from them! A few of my littler Mouseketeer buddies are a little more sensitive to sensory overload, and it’s been amazing to see what Walt Disney World Resort has done to accommodate them. Though the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort don’t currently have specific “sensory rooms” I’ve had enough experience that I think I can give you a few “sensory friendly” spaces in which you can find some relief and peace. 

    Here are a few of my favorite “sensory friendly” spaces, Meghan:

    In Magic Kingdom Park:
    -Baby Care Centers (my favorite). Quiet, and equipped with private rooms with rocking chairs. 
    -Tom Sawyer Island. After a short raft ride, this little island is quiet, offers seating, and even has a dark, cool cave. 
    -Behind the Christmas Shoppe at Liberty Square. Complete with secluded tables and benches. 
    -Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. This show has music throughout, but is cool and has comfortable seating.
    -Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. A slow, cool, dim, calm ride where you can relax and breathe.

    In EPCOT:
    -Baby Care Centers.
    -France Pavilion. All the way in the back there are private tables with shade. 
    -Victoria Gardens. In front of the Canada Pavilion. There is little seating, but the waterfall offers a sensory-change.
    -United Kingdom Pavilion Gardens. Behind the shops at the UK Pavilion. A great way to get away from the crowds. 
    -Walkway between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion. Always quiet, offers seating, and has quiet restrooms.

    In Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
    -Baby Care Centers.
    -Conservation Station. After a short ride on the Wildlife Express Train, this is a great space with dark, cool rooms.
    -Affection Section. (Via Wildlife Express Train) This is a lovely, calm encounter with some lovable animals.
    -Maharaja Jungle Trek and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. Usually uncrowned, shaded, and offers seating. 

    In Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
    -Baby Care Centers.
    -Animation Courtyard (outside Voyage of The Little Mermaid). Typically uncrowned where you can sit in the shade.
    -Walt Disney Presents. This is a dark, self-guided tour, and is usually not crowded. It is cool and dim.
    -Walkway between Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Has soft music, great shade, and is typically quiet.

    I am so excited for your adventure, Meghan! If you feel yourself getting overloaded, or stressed, please please please find a Cast Member and let them know what you need. They will always help you, to the best of their ability. My family has had so many amazing moments with Cast Members, and I am forever grateful for their kindness and compassion.

    If you have additional questions or concerns before your trip, we would love to hear from and help you again!

    Magical wishes, from me to you!
    Allyn
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Meet the Panelist: Allyn, Wyoming

Howdy Partners, I'm Allyn! My home has been, and will always be, the Walt Disney World Resort. But, when I'm not "home," I live in the heart of Wyoming. I'm living my fairy tale as a professional fine jewelry designer, fitness instructor, wife, and an extreme Disney enthusiast! Dreams do come true, and I cannot wait to share all of my magical Main Street, U.S.A smarts with you! Learn More About Allyn

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