Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 3, 2014
    Leidy from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My son has autism and I know he can get a GAC but what happens when we get to ride and he decides he no longer wants to ride? Can the rest of group get on while I wait with him?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Leidy ~

    The Guest Assistance Card (GAC) has now been replaced by the Disability Access Service Card (DAS). Disney remains committed to assisting Guests with all types of special needs including those with Cognitive Disabilities. They have put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that will give you some information that may help you before and during your trip.

    Here are some details explaining how the DAS works. I have also included a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the DAS.

    Your son will not need to be present to get a DAS return time for attractions but he must be present with your group when entering the queue and boarding the attraction. If you think that he may change his mind, you may want to have the rest of your group get in the standby queue just in case.

    Guests with a DAS can only obtain a return time for one attraction at a time but can get another DAS return time as soon as they have finished one. A CM will cross out the return time on the DAS indicating you have used it. If available, Disney FastPass+ service (FP+) can be used in addition to the DAS. If you are eligible to make FP+ selections prior to your trip, I would encourage you to do so.

    Please feel free to visit us again with all of your questions. We are hEAR for you!

    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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