Disabled girl with Rapunzel
  • On Oct 1, 2023
    Heather from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My son has Down syndrome and we are a little worried about his experience at Disney World do you have any tips or recommendations for us

    Hi, Heather!  Welcome to planDisney!

    Like you, I am also the parent of a child who has special needs.  My teenage son is on the autism spectrum, and we have been bringing him to Walt Disney World Resort since he was a preschooler.  One of the reasons why my family returns to Walt Disney World Resort year after year is that they truly go above and beyond to make the magic accessible to everyone.

    There are a variety of services and accommodations available to meet the needs of Guests with all kinds of special needs, including cognitive disabilities.  When I visit the Walt Disney World theme parks with my son, we use Disability Access Service (DAS).  This is an accommodation intended for Guests who, due to a disability, cannot wait in a typical queue environment.  If your worries about your son's experience in the parks are mostly about his ability to wait in long attraction queues, then DAS could be an option for your family.

    Since every individual with a disability has their own unique needs, I would recommend reaching out to a Disability Services Cast Member.  You can explain your specific concerns about your son to them, and they will be able to make some recommendations as to which accommodations could help him better enjoy his visit to Walt Disney World Resort.  Telephone and email contact information for Disability Services can be found on this Services for Guests with Disabilities webpage.

    As you get ready for your vacation, I recommend taking a look at this Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.  It contains lots of great tips for navigating the Walt Disney World Resort with a Guest who has special needs.  Heather, please feel free to stop by planDisney again with any additional questions that you might have.  My fellow panelists and I would love to help you and your family have the most magical vacation ever!

    See ya real soon!
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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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