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  • On Jul 25, 2022
    Esther from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a 12yo son with Autism who has sensory issues that make him a very, very picky eater. He prefers very simple food, which tends to be the type of food they have on the kids menus. Could I order for him from the kids menu even though he is 12?

    Hi again, Esther! Thanks for bringing another great question to planDisney. 

    One of the many reasons I truly love and respect Disney Destinations is their desire to make every Guest feel special, and their effort to accommodate Guests in the best way possible so everyone can experience the magic in their own way. 

    Ordering from the kid’s menu at a restaurant should not be an issue, however the portions can be small. You could ask the server if they can give you a larger portion, or ask to speak to the chef to prepare something simple your son would enjoy. They will make their best effort to accommodate your requests. Also, within two weeks of your visit, you can email special.diets@disneyland.com, in case you have any table-service reservations already set - the team may be able to give the restaurant a heads-up about any special requests you have. Now THAT is service! 

    Also, since you mentioned your son has autism, I wanted to ask if you’ve heard about Disability Access Service (DAS) - it's a program designed to support Guests who have difficulty waiting in line for long periods of time. DAS enables you to schedule return times for attractions, so you don’t have to wait in the traditional standby queues. Between 2-30 days prior to your visit, you can request a video chat through DAS Advance, and if your son qualifies for DAS, they can help you get registered. Just be sure your son is present for the video chat.

    If you’re unable to complete the video chat prior to two days before your visit, no worries. You can visit a Guest Services location when you arrive, and they can assist you. 

    Another great option for access to shorter lines is Disney Genie+. The shorter queues, called Lightning Lanes, are a wonderful way to reduce time spent in line. Also, Genie+ can be used in conjunction with DAS. 

    Final tip – you can bring your own food into the parks, in case this is a better option for your son. 

    Esther, wishing you a magical trip. Your son is lucky to have a mom like you who is planning ahead, so everyone can have the best vacation possible! 


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Meet the Panelist: Kamini, California

Greetings from the Golden State! Like Elastigirl, I am a committed wife and mom, resourceful, passionate, and will stretch to any length for my loved ones! Two of my favorite places to spend time with my family are Disneyland Resort, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Being there is a treat for all the senses - the amazing sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors make us smile from ear to ear. I have decades of magical Disney moments woven into my heart, and I can't wait to share the magic with you! Learn More About Kamini

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