• On Dec 2, 2019
    Julie from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our son has Autism and does not speak. I'm wondering if he got lost (my worst fear) in the park, would his Magic Band have my contact information on it from our on-property reservation?

    Hi, Julie!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Like you, I am also the parent of a child with autism, so I completely understand your concern.  Although my son is verbal, I know he would not be able to communicate my contact information if he was lost.  That can be a very scary thought when visiting a place as big as the Walt Disney World Resort, but I have a suggestion for you that I think will bring you some peace of mind.

    Julie, I would recommend you do a quick search on a website such as Etsy.  There you will find bracelets, temporary tattoos, and even MagicBand decals that you can have custom-made with your contact information for your son to wear.  This will be immediately noticeable to other guests and Cast Members, and it will be the quickest way for them to obtain your contact information.

    I think you will find that the Walt Disney World Resort does an amazing job of making the magic accessible to everyone and keeping vacations as stress-free as possible for special needs families.  This is one of the reasons why my family returns to the Most Magical Place on Earth yEAR after yEAR.  When we visit the Walt Disney World theme parks with my son, we use Disability Access Service.  I would recommend that you stop by Guest Relations when you arrive at one of the theme parks to see if this or any other accommodations would be appropriate for your kiddo.

    As you get ready for your vacation, you might find this guide for guests with cognitive disabilities helpful.  If you have any additional questions about visiting Walt Disney World Resort with a child who has special needs, or any other general vacation planning questions, please stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel again.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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